Krzysztof Kieslowski – Dekalog 1-10 (1989)


Dekalog was made for Polish TV as a series of ten films, each just under an hour in length, inspired by one of the Ten Commandments (the Decalogue), set in contemporary Warsaw in and around the same apartment block. Dekalog V and VI also exist in re-edited versions just under an hour and a half each for cinema release, under the titles A Short Film About Killing and A Short Film About Love respectively.
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. And in all but two of the films there appears a mysterious young man (Artur Barcis), who appears, looking on, at important moments. Read More »

Krzysztof Kieslowski – Koncert zyczen AKA Concert of Wishes (1967)


A young man and his girlfriend are staying at a camp site near to where a group of other young men are all camped together. The busload of boys leave first but, having packed all their stuff away, the couple pass them on their motorbike – ignoring their catcalls on the way. The couple soon realize that they have dropped their tent somewhere on the road and turn back to look for it – only to find that the busload of boys has stopped and found it first. The boys make a simple proposal – the tent in exchange for the girl. –bob the moo (uk) Read More »

Krzysztof Kieslowski – Personel (1976)


Friendship, loyalty, art and ambition collide in the life of Romek, a young Polish costumer working on his first professional production in a state-run repertory company. When his best friend Sowa is fired because he argued with a senior performer, Romek tries to defend him. In a moment of triumph, he sees his works being worn during a premier performance but then is called into the office to sign a paper denouncing his friend Sowa. He must sign, or lose his job. ~ Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide Read More »

Krzysztof Kieslowski – Krótki film o zabijaniu AKA A Short Film About Killing [+Extras] (1988)

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(Noel Megahey, DVD Times)

A Short Film About Killing started out as the fifth episode of Dekalog (Decalogue/The Ten Commandments), a series of ten short films co-written and directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski for Polish television in 1988. Dekalog 5: Thou Shalt Not Kill when expanded to a feature length film as A Short Film About Killing, loses none of its power and remains one of the most important and intensely powerful episodes from a cycle of films that dealt with many complex issues affecting our daily lives. Read More »

Krzysztof Kieslowski – Krótki film o milosci aka A Short Film About Love (1988)


Krzysztof Kieslowski’s A Short Film About Love is a companion piece not only to the landmark 1988 Dekalog miniseries, from which this expanded version originally came, but also the likewise enriched and deepened A Short Film About Killing. (It’s worth noting here that even if you’ve already seen the segment this film is based on in its original form, side-by-side with the other nine parts, the radically different and far more redemptive ending makes Love worth seeing separately.) Like all the episodes of the Dekalog, it purports to take its inspiration from one of the Ten Commandments, but in practice the segments only deal with a rigid moral law in the most obtuse and poetic way. Love dealt with the sixth commandment (against fornication), but the story of Tomek, a late-teen voyeur obsessed with Magda, a voluptuous and sexually mature woman living in an apartment across the courtyard from him, is far less brusque than its textual antecedent would indicate (though Kieslowski’s viewpoint certainly stresses a strain of auteurist omniscience and acumen). Read More »

Krzysztof Kieslowski – Krótki dzien pracy aka Short Working Day (1981)

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“The film was shelved by the censors in 1981. It was entirely out of the question to show something like that, even on television” Read More »

Charles Frend – Girl on Approval (1961)


Sheila’s 14. Her father abandoned her as a baby, her mum’s in jail and she’s stuck in a
children’s home. Every family that’s tried to look after her has found her too difficult. Now
Anne and John Howland want to foster Sheila. But if they can’t make a home for her, her
future looks bleak…

Starring Oscar Nominated actress Rachel Roberts (This Sporting Life, O Lucky Man!) as
Anne and sensitively directed by Charles Frend (The Cruel Sea, Scott of the Antarctic) Girl
on Approval is a major example of the British New Wave, a brilliant study of troubled lives. Read More »