The Decalogue: Five and Six | Chicago Reader

The Decalogue: Five and Six

Krzysztof Kieslowski's major work (1990) consists of ten separate films, each running 50-odd minutes and set mainly around two high-rises in Warsaw. The films are built around a contemporary reflection on the Ten Commandments—specifically, an inquiry into what breaking each of them in today's world might entail. Made as a miniseries for Polish TV before Kieslowski embarked on The Double Life of Veronique (1991) and the “Three Colors” trilogy (1993-’94), these concise dramas can be seen in any order or combination; they don't depend on one another, though if you see them in batches you'll notice that major characters in one story turn up as extras in another. Continue reading >>

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