Krzysztof Kieslowski, the director of the Three Colours trilogy, expanded two episodes of his BAFTA winning cycle of short films based on the Ten Commandments, Dekalog, into full-length features.
The results are the haunting A Short Film About Love and this brutal story based upon the Commandment ‘Thou Shalt Not Kill.’
A disaffected young man murders a taxi driver and is put on trial by the state. Though defended by an idealistic lawyer, he is finally sentenced to death by hanging for his crime.
Disturbing, thought provoking and graphically filmed in harrowing detail, A Short Film About Killing won numerous awards including the Jury Price at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival. –Artificial Eye
A towering figure of Eastern European cinema, Krzysztof Kieslowski was born in Warsaw, Poland, on June 27, 1941. His formative years, spent under the specters of Hitler and Stalin, were nomadic; his father suffered from tuberculosis, and the family traveled from one sanatorium to another. At the age of 16, Kieslowski entered Fireman’s Training College. His stay was short-lived, instilling a lifelong loathing of uniforms and disciplines. To avoid military service he returned to school, later attending the Warsaw College for Theatre Technicians. In 1965, after several previous rejections, he was finally accepted into the famed Lodz Film School — the same institution which launched the careers of Roman Polanski, Andrzej Wadja, Jerzy Skolimowski, and Krzysztof Zanussi — and made his first short feature, Tramwaj (The Tram), the following year.
The communist-controlled Poland of the 1960s and 1970s was a nation of great political unrest. Consequently, film emerged as a crucial means… read more
It was near the end that I realized this was just a longer version of episode 5 from Kieslowski's own "Decalogue" series. Still a good little film that frowns upon capital punishment. The killing scenes are definitely some of the most chilling committed to film (or video, in this case?) and I look forward to seeing how Kieslowski, a master in his own right, deals with love.
Who was it that said directing is just observing and reporting? Anyway, Kieslowski does this in its purity and creates moving experiences one after the other. I mainly wanted to watch this movie hoping for a death scene that wasn't just shock or trivial entertainment. I wasn't disappointed at all.