The Decalogue (1988)
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There is no question that Dekalog is the summit of Kieslowski's achievements.
All of the films in The Decalogue are easy and pleasurable to follow as stories, yet part of the excitement they generate stems from discussions about their meaning after their dramatic impact registers.
A masterwork of modern cinema, essential viewing for anyone who cares about the movies as a serious art form.
The 10 films are not philosophical abstractions but personal stories that involve us immediately; I hardly stirred during some of them.
Not only ranks as one of the most ambitious and challenging film works ever attempted, but one of the most rewarding and unforgettable.
Far from being morality tales, these short stories are closer to parables at least, they are as confounding and strange as Jesus' parables were to his first hearers.
Highly ambitious, and though every 'episode' may not be up to par as are others, it still remains a risky and commendable work.
Most of the films put characters into situations in which they cannot obey one commandment without breaking others. Challenges you to figure out how to be a moral person in a world with no easy answers.
Kieslowski gives cinematic voice to ethical problems in a way that perhaps no other director does. These films are bleak, somber, downbeat in theme, but pose problems we need to think about.
Who knows how often you'll actually want to watch the whole thing, but it's masterful film-making nonetheless.
Amongst the greatest stories ever told. No serious film scholar can afford to miss it.
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