Ten television drama films, each one based on one of the Ten Commandments.
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 Young Man / ... (9 episodes, 1989)
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 Andrzej / ... (3 episodes, 1989)
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 Consultant (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Tomek (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Dorota Geller (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Roman (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Postman (2 episodes, 1989)
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 Gynecologist (2 episodes, 1989)
Katarzyna Piwowarczyk ...
 Ania (2 episodes, 1989)
Maciej Szary
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Henryk Baranowski ...
 Krzysztof (2 episodes, 1989)
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This is a series of ten shorts created for Polish Television, with plots loosely based upon the Ten Commandments, directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski. Two of these, Dekalog 5 and 6, are shorter cuts from the feature-length films--Krotki film o zabijaniu (A Short Film About Killing) and Krotki film o milosci (A Short Film About Love), respectively. They deal with the emotional turmoil suffered by humanity, when instinctual acts and societal morality conflict. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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10 December 1989 (Poland)  »

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$16,807 (USA) (23 June 2000)

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$99,360 (USA) (30 September 2016)
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Kieslowski expanded Five and Six into longer feature films (A Short Film About Killing and A Short Film About Love), using the same cast and changing the stories slightly. This was part of a contractual obligation with the producers, since feature films were easier to distribute outside Poland. In 2000, the series was released on five DVDs, each containing two parts of about 2 hours. See more »

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One of the Greatest
9 September 2005 | by (Oakland, CA) – See all my reviews

I first saw this amazing series at the San Francisco Film Festival, and so had the privilege of experiencing it on a large screen. The program was sold as a package deal, and in 1990, not much was known about the director and the work itself was completely unknown. From the first frame, those of us who took a chance knew we had really hit a winner early on. Every night, two episodes were screened. It proved to be a real binding experience. Each subsequent viewing provides fresh insight. Timeless, it continues to fascinate and illuminate. Each episode could possibly stand on its own, and the fact that it was a miniseries only enhances its power. On the basis of this experience, I chose to see Denmark's THE KINGDOM, PARTS I & II when the Film Festival ran them in the mid-90's.


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