As well as being set in and around the same apartment block, the films are linked in other ways.Major characters in one part make walk-ons in another.An ethical dilemma mentioned by one of Zofia’s students in VIII is the very one that drives the plot of II.
Dekalog is quite simply one of the great cinematic achievements of the last two decades (Director Stanley Kubrick described ‘Dekalog’ as the only masterpiece he could name in his lifetime).
Kieslowski had made many previous features (two of which, Camera Buff and No End, received British cinema releases to respectable but not earth-shattering effect), but from the moment A Short Film About Killing premiered his reputation jumped several notches.
A Short Film About Love consolidated that, but for anyone outside Poland, the premiere of all ten of the TV films at the 1989 Venice Film Festival sealed it.
This is all the more remarkable in that the films were shot in 16mm for television on a budget so low that it allowed for only two takes.
[Kieslowski and Piesiewicz] have the very rare ability to dramatise their ideas rather than just talking about them.
They do this with such dazzling skill, you never see the ideas coming and don't realise until much later how profoundly they have reached your heart.- Stanley Kubrick, foreword to Kieslowski & Piesiewicz: , 1991 If anyone could be considered a contemporary European master it was Kieślowski and the Dekalog in particular remains one of the great saving graces of the European cinema over the last disappointing decade - From Derek Malcom's Kieślowski obituary for is a renowned Polish television drama series directed by Kieślowski and co-written with Krzysztof Piesiewicz, with music by Zbigniew Preisner.
It consists of ten one-hour films, inspired by the Ten Commandments.
Kieślowski's works are meditative, often melancholic in tone, expressionist in technique, and tackle themes of identity and what it means to be at once connected and isolated.
is a work that reflects the instability and ongoing transformation of an individual’s life.