The Decalogue: Series 1 (1989)

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Critic Consensus: 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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Ten hour-long films about the Ten Commandments.

Cast

Artur Barcis
as Young Man/ Bicyclist / Survey Crewman
Krystyna Janda
as Dorota Geller
Jan Tesarz
as Taxi Driver
Miros?aw Baka
as Lazar Jacek
Henryk Bista
as Shopkeeper
Bozena Dykiel
as Ticket Woman
Maciej Stuhr
as Piotrek
Andrzej Blumenfeld
as Michal's Friend
Ewa Kania
as Ewa Jezierska
Zbigniew Zapasiewicz
as Police Inspector [5]
Stefania Iwinska
as Godmother [6]
Jan Piechocinski
as Blond Man [6]
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Critic Reviews for The Decalogue Series 1

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (22)

In true Old Testament style, there is much at stake here -- the stories have their fair share of heartbreak, death, loss, tragedy and, thankfully, redemption too -- the very stuff, in other words, of human life and great drama.

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Top Critic

See part of it, or see all of it. Just be glad it's around.

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It's a plausible candidate as the richest, most accomplished European film of the '80s.

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This is the product of a expert storyteller/filmmaker at the height of his craft, creating a masterwork the likes of which comes along only once in a great while.

Apr 3, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The tales in Dekalog conduct a mesmerizing dialogue with God and science, with free will and fate, with the many ways in which indifference or cruelty echo and repeat down the generations.

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The complete absence of sentimentality in Decalogue is amazing when one contemplates the depths of the emotions explored.

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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.

Apr 3, 2017 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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.

Apr 3, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

While it's imperfect, I have to say I feel a deep sense of achievement having finished the series.

Apr 3, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The original series of 10 hour-long films has all of the qualities that mark Kieslowski's better-known work.

Apr 3, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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