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11Jun/100

Decalogue: Five (1988)

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My examination of The Decalogue is a full analysis of each film, its themes and visual strategy.  If you have not seen The Decalogue, I would highly advise stopping here and watching it before continuing.

"Thou shalt not kill."

Andrew COMMENTARYIt’s inevitable that the death penalty would come up in The Decalogue.  The whole “not kill” commandment pretty much dictates a solid path towards a story dealing with it.  But rather than pose moral questions about the actions of the characters, we are instead left to ponder the circumstances surrounding them.  They each make their own choices, but are really left up to fate rather than having a strong say in their destinies.  The question then, is it right for the government to be that force - especially when determining if someone will live or die?

27May/100

Decalogue: Four (1988)

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My examination of The Decalogue is a full analysis of each film, its themes and visual strategy.  If you have not seen The Decalogue, I would highly advise stopping here and watching it before continuing.

"Honor thy father and thy mother"

Andrew COMMENTARYFans of psychological fiction would do well to join me in examining the fourth film in The Decalogue series.  It deals with some heavy identification issues and contains so much shifting symbolism it can difficult to see who represents what to who.  I'm not talking symbolism in the "Oh, the statue symbolizes the country's continued strength" sense.  Rather I am speaking about the way that certain objects and feelings fill a psychological void that is left by the lingering presence of The Other.  Brace yourselves, it's about to get Lacanian in Kieslowski's world.

20May/100

Decalogue: Three (1988)

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My examination of The Decalogue is a full analysis of each film, its themes and visual strategy.  If you have not seen The Decalogue, I would highly advise stopping here and watching it before continuing.

"Remember the sabbath day,
to keep it holy"

In a sense, all holidays are carefully masked deceptions.  We use repetition and memory to selectively block out the history that the holiday is based on and enhance the factors that we want to remain.  Thanksgiving has been one of the shining examples of this and the spiritual aspects of Christmas are falling further and further behind owning more things.  We adopt our own deceptions as well.  Most choose to don mask that is only worn a couple of times a year to block out what offends or annoys and embrace what is good.

13May/100

Decalogue: Two (1988)

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My examination of The Decalogue is a full analysis of each film, its themes and visual strategy.  If you have not seen The Decalogue, I would highly advise stopping here and watching it before continuing.

“Thou shalt not take the name
of the Lord thy God in vain.”

While I was at work I was telling a few of my coworkers about The Decalogue and asked what they would do about the central problem in Two.  A doctor (Aleksander Bardini) works in a hospital and lives alone in the apartment complex that houses all of the characters in The Decalogue.  A woman named Dorota (Krystyna Janda) has begun hovering around the locations that the doctor frequents because she needs his advice.  Her husband is very sick, and she needs to know whether he is going to live or die.

6May/100

Decalogue : One (1988)

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"I am the Lord thy God; thou
shalt have no other gods before me."

Andrew COMMENTARYOne of Polish filmmaker Kryzstof Kieslowskis curiosities was the way conventional church morality played into the actually day to day decisions of life.  He was not so curious about the potential outcome of following these rules into the hereafter.  Rather he was curious about the practical application of these rules and regulation.  What could possibly be gained, or lost, if the rules of the church are used in our daily lives?