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The Decalogue (1988)

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski, Krzysztof Kieslowski
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Studio: Image Entertainment, Facets
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Poland, Short Films, Miniseries
Subtitles: English
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Krzysztof Kieslowski, the internationally renowned filmmaker best known for his Trois Couleurs trilogy (Blue, White, and Red), created perhaps his most ambitious work with this ten-part series produced for Polish television in 1988 and 1989. Each of the ten segments, running between 53 and 58 minutes in length, takes place among the inhabitants of a Warsaw apartment complex, and focuses on a moral and ethical quandary inspired by the Ten Commandments, of which Kieslowski said, "For 6,000 years these rules have been unquestionably right, and yet we break them every day." After TV showings in Europe and many international film festivals and art-house screenings, The Decalogue was released on home video in the spring of 2000. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Ratings

The Decalogue (Disc 1 of 3) (1988)
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8.36 (158 votes)
The Decalogue (Disc 2 of 3) (1988)
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8.67 (138 votes)
The Decalogue (Disc 3 of 3) (1988)
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8.74 (120 votes)

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Decked by talltale May 15, 2004 - 1:01 PM PDT
5 out of 19 members found this review helpful
I'd heard about this series--and how fabulous it supposedly was--for years, so I finally decided to watch. Well, I won't be going any further than THE DECALOGUE: Disc One. I'm not a big fan of Kieslowski--and his jumbled/fumbled mixture of mysticism and religion. Decalogues One through Three offer the usual bleak Eastern European view of life, love, sex, family: you name it, it'll depress you. The first of these is the best, the second less good and the third worst of all. It's not that the acting, direction and writing are terrible. They're believable but predictable and tiresome--the other side of the Hollywood feel-good spectrum and every bit as specious. Perhaps, once you have seen all ten of these roughly-hour-long stories, you'll be awarded some sort of epiphany. I'll have to miss out; these first three weren't good enough to warrant any more time or patience.

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