Dekalog IX & X

Dekalog IX
With episode IX, Kieślowski continues to showcase a complete disinterest in moralizing. Focusing on a marriage shaken when a husband discovers his impotence and subsequently offers his wife a seemingly enticing compromise, this moral tale centers on one man’s obsession as jealousy leads him down a dark path of discovery. With cynically humorous symbolism, emotionally raw performances, and sumptuous cinematography, Kieślowski and screenwriter Krzysztof Piesiewicz deliver a deft, emotionally complex take on “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife.”

Dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1988, DCP restoration, 58 min.

Dekalog X
One of the only comedies—albeit pitch-black—in Kieślowski’s career (pre-dating his masterful dark comedy, White), Dekalog X, or “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s goods,” appropriately begins at a punk show for a band not-so-subtly called “City Death.” As two brothers untangle the news of their father’s passing and discover his place in the world of high-end stamp collecting, greed and a covetous lust quickly consume them and the comical crew of thieves and scheisters in their orbit. What follows is a series of melodramatic MacGuffins as the brothers gain and lose stamps, money, and, most importantly, their sense of self.

Dir. Dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1988, DCP restoration, 55 min.

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