Series 1: Season 1 (1970)


Season 1
Series 1

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With awe-inspiring ambition to match its powerful assemblage of acting talent, The Decalogue stands as a singular achievement in writer-director Krzysztof Kieslowski's filmography -- as well as the history of Polish cinema.

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Critic Ratings: 53

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Critic Reviews for Series 1: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Series 1: Season 1

  • Jan 04, 2022
    Fourth season of a mildly popular TV show? "Binge it on a Saturday, no problem." Ten-hour-long 'film' that is actually ten episodes? "Gotta prepare mentally for that." The only thing grayer than this 1980s Polish apartment complex is the moral and ethical dilemmas that Kieślowski subjects his characters to. Dekalog is the masterpiece of the long-form miniseries made well before anyone even knew what that could be, a series of vignettes that each take on one of the Ten Commandments as theme and transplant a moral code with thousands of years of history into a modern context. Each is challenging and there are no easy answers, probing human frailty and suffering in environments that are cold both emotionally and physically (watching this during the first snow of winter surrounded by chilly winds and dull skies was a fortunate coincidence). If you were to read back each of the plots of the individual episodes, most of the content could be summarized in five sentences or fewer; however, Kieślowski imparts this pure, profound nature to each of them that grabs you and doesn't let you go. Driven by character dynamics that have only an hour to establish and resolve themselves, each episode is so free of fluff that there is nevertheless more than enough time to make the audience care deeply for many of these individuals, and share in their collective trials, suffering, and resolutions. And in it all stands Polish actor Artur Barciś, silent - God watching, observing, and never intervening. (5/5)
  • Nov 08, 2021
    An artwork on the level of a world heritage.
  • Jun 19, 2019
    Commandments rehashed in city lights, they might hold up, might not but Dekalog's quality surely will test against time. Dekalog Krzystof Kieslowski; the co-writer and director, of this phenomenal ten part series, which is often claimed to be as ten hour long film, is a testament in itself, to filmmaking, storytelling and, art that drives all. With the crowd pleasing concept, the writers, Krzystof Kieslowski and Krzystof Piesiewicz, are actually enjoying. That's quite a shock, isn't it? The concepts are established, the theme well introduced, the cinematography almost like some painting, the metaphors spread across like elements and the characters staged with a spectacular choreography. What more is left, they wondered. And fun, is the answer they came up with. Take each of the chapters individually and you'll see for a brief period everyone is let loose in their own rhythm. The cars zooming, couple laughing, mother discovering her son or daughter, friends tearing up, brother spiralling plan and a boy dancing after getting an approval from her crush. What a release it is, speechless, to see such calculated tales feeling no obligation, breaking their rules, for that one smile of the day. Another fine quality and major theme of these films is the physical sequences. He wants you to scratch your brain, Kieslowski, when the physical acts are on the run. What is that urge that he gives birth to, that we feel compelled, almost insisting, on finishing that puzzle. No matter how carefree your attitude is, if someone is being chased or chasing, you would be mesmerized until they leave the frame. The spectators are too hovering around in these films, a particular one that can be seen in every chapter except for the last one, can often be considered as the perspective through which the germ of the idea that these creators had before magnifying these stories on screen. Now, as you can see, Dekalog is timeless not because of the hard work, but because of how much they loved working hard on it, they had fun as much as you had, I'd say that's a balanced world.
  • Feb 22, 2019
    That first episode is one of the greatest things I've seen.
  • May 14, 2018
    The problem is that it is a film that can not be understood when viewed with modernist approaches. at first sight it seems to be a religious propaganda. This film is an example of a high-level thinking that questions the dualist approaches such as religion and science, idealism and materialism, reason and emotion / faith, which have been extensively discussed since the enlightenment project. The film resists simple analysis, expects interest, and the symbols need to be read.
  • Jan 11, 2018
    No one else could apply a theme to a feature film at this extent. Kieslowski successfully did this 10 times in Dekalog and 3 times in Trois Couleurs. Most of the episodes are more than perfect eventhough a few lack sense and logic. Neglecting that, this series is a near perfect piece of work. Kudos to Krysztof Kieslowski.
  • Nov 26, 2016
    Each episode of The Decalogue is captivating and thought-provoking, and like Kieslowski's Three Colors trilogy, the end result of this series also ends up being greater than the sum of its parts. Each episode deals with one (or more) of the 10 Commandments, often in ironic ways while incorporating and subverting various film genres. The Decalogue is an amazing cinematic achievement, and you'd expect nothing less from Kieslowski.

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