Synopsis by Mark Deming
Krzysztof Kieslowski, the internationally renowned filmmaker best known for his Trois Couleurs trilogy (Blue, White, and Red), created perhaps his most ambitious work with this ten-part series produced for Polish television in 1988 and 1989. Each of the ten segments, running between 53 and 58 minutes in length, takes place among the inhabitants of a Warsaw apartment complex, and focuses on a moral and ethical quandary inspired by the Ten Commandments, of which Kieslowski said, "For 6,000 years these rules have been unquestionably right, and yet we break them every day." After TV showings in Europe and many international film festivals and art-house screenings, The Decalogue was released on home video in the spring of 2000.
High Artistic Quality