|Krzysztof Kieslowski's THE DECALOGUE
The Cinematheque is thrilled to present a special 5-night engagement
of one of the greatest films of the 1980s and arguably the crowning achievement of
director Krzysztof Kieslowski, THE DECALOGUE (1988, New Yorker Films, 584
min. total.) Though Kieslowski, who died in 1996 at the age of 54, went on to make the
celebrated "Three Colors" trilogy (BLUE, WHITE and RED), it is THE DECALOGUE
that stands as his masterpiece: a ten-hour, ten-episode series of films made for Polish
television. Against the forbidding backdrop of a gray Warsaw apartment block, Kieslowski
tells ten riveting tales of profound moral complexity and emotional depth. Inspired
obliquely by the Ten Commandments, these occasionally interrelated stories of love and
loss, faith and infidelity, chance and fate, jealousy and greed, violence and revenge, are
both intimate and universal, painting a portrait less of a specific society than of
humanity itself. With the collaboration of many of Polands greatest screen actors,
and his frequent co-writer Krzysztof Piesiewicz, Kieslowski imbues the minutiae of
ordinary lives with a near-mystical significance and works through some of lifes
toughest dilemmas with a devastating stealth.
Friday, November 14 7:30 PM
DECALOGUE 1 (53 min.), is based on "Thou
shalt have no other gods before me."
DECALOGUE 2 (57 min.), is based on "Thou
shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain."
Saturday, November 15 8:00 PM
DECALOGUE 3 (56 min.), is based upon honoring
DECALOGUE 4 (56 min.), is based on
"Honor thy father and thy mother."
Sunday, November 16 5:00 PM
DECALOGUE 5 (57 min.), is based on "Thou
shalt not kill."
DECALOGUE 6 (58 min.), is based on "Thou
shalt not commit adultery."
Monday, November 17 7:30 PM
DECALOGUE 7 (55 min.), is based on "Thou
Shalt Not Steal."
DECALOGUE 8 (55 min.), is based on "Thou
Shalt Not Bear False Witness."
Tuesday, November 18 7:30 PM
DECALOGUE 9 (58 min.), is based on "Thou
shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife."
DECALOGUE 10 (57 min.), is based on
"Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods."