The Ten Commandments, exact and uncompromising, literally cast in stone, continues to provide a source of moral conflict in contemporary society. In the ten part epic masterpiece, The Decalogue, Krzysztof Kieslowski examines the dilemma of fundamental sin in the lives of ordinary Warsaw citizens.
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Viewing this short story cycle through its (loose) response to the 10 Commandments is a stirring experience, especially since Kieślowski shows such necessary empathy for commandment breakers, plus cinema's best metaphorical god character hovering in the background, never intervening. No, it's not perfect—several episodes struggle to fill an hour. But the sweep of what it addresses is monumental.
The series, like the tower block, is full of stories. These characters, sometimes lost, sometimes needy, sometimes locked in solitude, have their tales to tell. Some are more interesting than others, but each episode communicates something, a thought or a feeling; something 'human'. Of course, it should be listed here as ten separate films, rather than one, but it's no big deal. The third episode is my favourite...
As far as cinema goes, true masterpiece are realeased. There were The Rule of the Game, there were Breathless, there were Stalker and there is The Decalogue. One of the 5 most important film of all time!
a masterpiece... a intellectual and artistic feat in filmmaking that I hold very close to my heart... when I need inspiration to keep on chasing my dreams there is only one director I turn to -- Kieslowski.
My thoughts are summed in the two following articles.
"A Revisioning of Krzysztof Kieslowski's Dekalog - All Episodes Reviewed and Ranked" - Aesthetics of the Mind
"Materiality & Immateriality: Krzysztof Kieslowski’sDecalogue and Cinema’s Capacity to Evoke the Inexpressible" - Harvard University Imaging the Ineffable