Dekalog I & II

Dekalog I
Krzysztof Kieślowski’s sprawling masterwork, set in and around a large housing complex in late-communist Poland, opens with the relationship between a University professor father and his inquisitive young son. An unforgivingly icy winter sets the tone for a harsh parable told with the filmmaker’s trademark humanist objectivity, concerning the first of the ten commandments—“thou shalt have no other god before me”—as seen in opposition to the logic, reason, and science that the father has chosen to live by, indelibly captured by a deep indigo ink spill.

Dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1988, DCP restoration, 56 min.

Dekalog II
For his second portrait of the residents who orbit Dekalog’s ubiquitous apartment complex, Kieślowski chooses the everyday drama of a hospital ward and a practitioner of society’s godliest profession—a doctor—as the vehicles for his examination of the sanctity of human speech. With immersive and attentive cinematography by Edward Klosinski that zeroes in on the intricacies of peeling paint, dripping water, and steaming kettles, Kieślowski tells a moral tale without the moralizing: of the suffering of Dorota, a woman anxiously awaiting her ill husband’s recovery, and the demands she makes of the sick man’s doctor.

Dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1988, DCP restoration, 59 min.

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