TV Fact #246 – June 27th, 2015:

The Polish drama series “The Decalogue” (1988) was conceived when series creator Krzysztof Piesiewicz, who had seen a 15th-century artwork illustrating the Commandments in scenes from that time period, suggested the idea of a modern equivalent. Kieślowski was interested in the philosophical challenge and also wanted to use the series as a portrait of the hardships of Polish society. However, he deliberately avoided the political issues he had depicted in earlier films. He originally meant to hire ten different directors. He instead decided to direct the films himself, but used a different cinematographer for each with the exception of episodes III and IX (Titled “Decalogue III” and “Decalogue IX” officially), both of which used Piotr Sobociński as director of photography.

As I mentioned the Movie Fact for tonight, episodes “Decalogue V” and “Decalogue VI” were both expanded into the 1988 Polish films “A Short Film About Killing” and “A Short Film About Love”, respectively.

The series “The Decalogue” is Kieślowski’s most acclaimed work and has been said to be, and I quote, “the best dramatic work ever done specifically for television”. It also has won numerous international awards, though it was not widely released outside Europe until the late 1990s. Still, filmmaker Stanley Kubrick wrote an admiring foreword to the published screenplay in 1991. Stanley Kubrick, considered one of the greatest filmmakers of all time heralded for his complex stories, praised this series. Save to say…Kieślowski was truly inspired and inspired others.

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