This is a 1988 Polish movie. ‘The Decalogue/Dekalog’ is one of the great movie achievements of our time. Krzysztof Kieslowski’s dedicated piece of artistic movie is a rare gem… …
This is a 10 hour film, made as a series of one hour films exploring each one and this is a spin off from The Ten Commandments…. Kieslowski is a bit of a minimalist, which means don’t expect lavish sets or much in the way of music. In fact, most of these characters all live in the same, nondescript apartment complexes of Warsaw, Poland. The stories regularly intersect, though not to the degree that they did in Kieslowski’s other major epic, Color trilogy (Blue, White, and Red)
If you look at his Color trilogy, is rather a luxurious cinema, Dekalog is sparse, stripped down filmmaking echoing the colorless Warsaw high rises the characters inhabit. Each episode is an unforgettable tapestry of human failings. Stanley Kubrick once said that the Dekalog was the only masterpiece made in his lifetime. Are you going to argue with Stanley?
Each episode deserves its own examination. All these 10 films are personal stories that involve us immediately. The Director had the very rare ability to dramatize the ideas rather than just talking about them.” Quite so….. There is not a moment when the characters talk about specific commandments or moral issues. Instead, they are absorbed in trying to deal with real-life ethical challenges.
Decalogue is one of the most acclaimed by critics. it was not created for audience that are looking for simple histories and ready answers. After watching it you might be even a little bit confused – but you will surely remember the film and think of it long after and it is worth watching to have your own point of view.
This movie was awarded The FIPRESCI prize at the Venice Film Festival.