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Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbor

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Episode Info

Elzbieta (Teresa Marczewska) confronts ethics professor Zofia (Maria Koscialkowska), who refused to hide her from the Nazis during World War II, and the women gain a deeper understanding of how the war scarred both of them.

Cast

Artur Barcis
as Young Man/ Bicyclist / Survey Crewman
Jan Tesarz
as Taxi Driver
Krystyna Janda
as Dorota Geller
Miros?aw Baka
as Lazar Jacek
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Critic reviews for Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbor

Part 8 is a story that talks its way through a confrontation between an American translator of Polish writing and an elderly ethics professor with whom she shared a life-threatening moral dilemma during World War II.

April 4, 2017 | Full Review…

Not only is a previous episode directly referenced, but the entire film is about the danger of applying intellectual analysis to ethical situations. Doing so, Decalogue VIII suggests, often denies the basic humanity involved.

April 4, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Sounds very powerful, but the female bonding and chatty trips through the past make this episode far too weepy and sentimental.

April 4, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

In this gripping dramatic treatment of "Thou shalt not bear false witness" Krzysztof Kieslowski examines the impact our words and deeds have upon others.

April 4, 2017 | Full Review…

Decalogue Eight is among the more structurally interesting, self-reflexive entries.

April 5, 2017 | Full Review…

One of the more schematic -- though no less fascinating, nor less acute -- of the series.

April 4, 2017 | Full Review…

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