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The Decalogue

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, 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. One of Kieslowski's best ideas was to use a different cinematographer for each film (with the exception of the third and ninth), though the script is more important here than the mise en scene. In Polish with subtitles.

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