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Dekalog and Other Television Works Dekalog and Other Television Works

All ten episodes of the acclaimed Polish drama series 'Dekalog', revolving around the consequences arising from a breach of one of the Ten Commandments. All ten episodes of the acclaimed Polish drama series 'Dekalog', revolving around the consequences arising from a breach of one of the Ten Commandments.
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The storylines include a young man who murders a taxi driver, an impotent husband wrestling with his wife's unfaithfulness and two brothers drawn into a bitter feud over a family inheritance. Also included is a collection of made-for-TV films directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski.

In 'Pedestrian Subway' (1974) a schoolteacher comes to Warsaw in the hope of convincing his estranged wife not to file for divorce. 'First Love' (1974) follows a 17-year-old girl and her boyfriend as they come to terms with the idea of being parents after their doctor refuses to perform an abortion. In 'Personnel' (1975), teenager Romek (Juliusz Machulski) takes a job as a tailor at a Warsaw theatre company and quickly finds himself in the middle of a bitter argument between a colleague and an overbearing performer.

In 'The Calm' (1980), a young man seeks a fresh start following his release from a three-year prison sentence. He soon runs into trouble however, when his corrupt construction site boss forces him into a conflict with his fellow workers. Finally, in 'Short Working Day' (1981), a local Communist Party secretary deals with protesters in Radom, Poland following price rises introduced by the central government.

The storylines include a young man who murders a taxi driver, an impotent husband wrestling with his wife's unfaithfulness and two brothers drawn into a bitter feud over a family inheritance. Also included is a collection of made-for-TV films directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski.

In 'Pedestrian Subway' (1974) a schoolteacher comes to Warsaw in the hope of convincing his estranged wife not to file for divorce. 'First Love' (1974) follows a 17-year-old girl and her boyfriend as they come to terms with the idea of being parents after their doctor refuses to perform an abortion. In 'Personnel' (1975), teenager Romek (Juliusz Machulski) takes a job as a tailor at a Warsaw theatre company and quickly finds himself in the middle of a bitter argument between a colleague and an overbearing performer.

In 'The Calm' (1980), a young man seeks a fresh start following his release from a three-year prison sentence. He soon runs into trouble however, when his corrupt construction site boss forces him into a conflict with his fellow workers. Finally, in 'Short Working Day' (1981), a local Communist Party secretary deals with protesters in Radom, Poland following price rises introduced by the central government.

Extras

4K restoration of all ten episodes, presented in their original broadcast aspect ratios

Original Polish mono soundtrack (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays), with optional English subtitles

Pedestrian Subway (1973, 29 mins, HD), Kie lowski s professional fiction debut, about a man trying to repair a failed marriage

First Love (1974, 52 mins, SD), a docudrama about a teenage couple coping with an unwanted pregnancy

Personnel (1975, 67 mins, SD), Kie lowski s first feature-length fiction film, a partly autobiographical piece about a Warsaw theatre company

The Calm (1976, 82 mins, SD), one of Kie lowski s most powerful early films, about a man rebuilding his life in mid-70s Poland after a short prison sentence

Short Working Day (1981, 73 mins, HD), Kie lowski s study of a political strike, controversially told from the viewpoint of a Communist functionary trying to keep order

Still Alive (2007), an affectionate 82-minute portrait of the director by his former student Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz, including interviews with dozens of friends and colleagues

The Guardian Interview: Krzysztof Kie lowski (93 mins), an onstage conversation with Derek Malcolm at London s National Film Theatre on 2 April 1990 to mark the British premiere of Dekalog

Dekalog: An Appreciation (78 mins), in which critic Tony Rayns, a Kie lowski champion for many decades, pays tribute to his masterpiece

KKTV (75 mins), Polish cinema expert Michael Brooke explores Kie lowski s small-screen output in the context of his work as a whole

128-page collector s book featuring a lengthy essay on Dekalog and Kie lowski by Father Marek Lis, plus Kie lowski s own intensely self-critical discussion of all the films in this set and Stanley Kubrick s famous eulogy to Kie lowski and co-writer Krzysztof Piesiewicz

Additional Info

Additional Info

SKU 5027035015453
Catalogue Number FCD1377
Product contents 10 discs
Year 1989
Director Krzysztof Kieslowski
Publisher(s) Arrow Academy
Format DVD, Blu-Ray
Aspect ratio 4:3 - 1.33:1
Subtitles English
Language(s) Polish
DVD region 2
Blu-ray region B
Certificate 15

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