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|DECALOGUE (3 & 4), THE (aka: DEKALOG) (aka: THE TEN COMMANDMENTS) (Polish TV) (director/writer: Krzysztof Kieslowski; screenwriter: Krzysztof Piesiewicz; editor: Ewa Smal; music: Zbigniew Preisner; Runtime: 560; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Ryszard Chutkowski; Facets; 1989-Poland-in Polish with English subtitles)|
moving, a masterpiece
about the fragility of human nature."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski's ("Blind Chance"/"A Short Film About Love"/"The Double Life of Veronique") 10-hour Polish television serial based on The Ten Commandments. Kieslowski is cowriter with Krzysztof Piesiewicz. It's brilliant and moving, a masterpiece about the fragility of human nature.
3-"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy."
cinematographer: Piotr Sobocinski; Runtime: 56;
Christmas fills the bill for the Sabbath in this third
of Krzysztof Kieslowski's take on the Ten Commandments for Polish TV.
Christmas Eve in Warsaw and the family man, cabbie Janusz (Daniel
Kieslowski shows that the festive and holy Christmas Eve
be a cruel night for those who are lonely and despondent, and that
the religious nature of the holiday there seems to be an absence of
and reaching out to the unfortunate.
4-"Honor thy father and thy mother."
cinematographer: Krysztof Pakulski; Runtime: 56;
Anka (Adrianna Biedrynska) is a 20-year-old acting student raised by her kindly widowed architect father, Michal (Janusz Gajos), ever since her mom died when she was only 5 days old. When dad goes on one of his frequent business trips during the Easter holiday, he leaves behind in the open for the first time a sealed envelope marked "not to be opened before my death." Three days later Anka opens it and it reveals that Michal is not her biological father. This causes a new twist in their close relationship. Even though she has a boyfriend, Jarek (Artur Barcis), she has always felt a desire for Michal and now finds out that he feels the same. The two must struggle to relate with each other in a new way after this startling revelation, as Kieslowski deftly deals with incestuous urges and all its implications.
REVIEWED ON 7/1/2009 GRADE: A+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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