Dekalog V & VI

Dekalog V
Perhaps the episode with the frankest political message, V employs the commandment “thou shalt not kill” as a conduit to explore not just the sanctity of human life, but also Kieślowski’s own personal stance against the death penalty. A young drifter, tearing through town like a child still experimenting with socially acceptable boundaries, sets out on a nihilistic mini-rampage through Warsaw that ends in a senseless killing. Frequent collaborator Slawomir Idziak (Three Colors: Blue, The Double Life of Veronique) alternates between clinically stark and melancholically saturated cinematography in this precursor to A Short Film About Killing.

Dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1988, DCP restoration, 57 min

Dekalog VI
An acute, voyeuristic study of the nature of obsession and passion, VI proposes a Kieślowskian take on “thou shalt not covet” through the consistently imbalanced relationship between a teenaged peeping Tom and his mature, unwilling objet du désir. Witold Adamek’s handheld, leering camera (which carries into his and Kieślowski’s feature-length rendition, A Short Film About Love) provides both the immediacy of emotions between two people and the private lives behind every window in the somber apartment block wherein each of these ten micro-dramas unfolds.

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

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