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Dekalog 01 - I Am The Lord Thy God (1988)

Original Title : Dekalog, jeden
Director : Krzysztof Kieslowski
Writer : Krzysztof Kieslowski
Krzysztof Piesiewicz
Genre : Drama
Country : Poland
Language : Polish
Producer : Ryszard Chutkowski
Music : Zbigniew Preisner
Photography : Wieslaw Zdort
IMDB ID : 0094982
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poster for "Dekalog 01 - I Am The Lord Thy God" by Krzysztof Kieslowski (1988)
Dekalog 01 - I Am The Lord Thy God (1988) - Krzysztof Kieslowski
 

Starring

Henryk Baranowski Krzysztof
Wojciech Klata Pawel
Maja Komorowska Irena
Artur Barcis Man in the sheepskin
Maria Gladkowska Girl
Ewa Kania Ewa Jezierska
Aleksandra Kisielewska Woman
Aleksandra Majsiuk Ola
 

Plot

"I am the Lord thy God, thou shalt have no other God but me." Ten-year-old Pawel and his father Krzysztof run their lives on their beloved home computer, while Pawel's aunt worries that his spiritual education is being neglected. But Pawel is too busy enjoying life, not least thanks to his father's Christmas present of a pair of ice skates, because the computer has calculated that the frozen lake is safe to skate across...
 

Comments

A great start to an amazing series While it's not my favourite OR least favourite of the series episode one is definitely a good measuring stick for those who are trying to decide whether or not to spend another 9 hours of their lives watching Kieslowski's masterpiece. Most of the elements that make this series brilliant and sometimes frustrating are laid out in this first powerful episode. One thing that really made this episode great for me were the conscious directorial choices of Kieslowski. While few people would dispute Kieslowski's merits as an actor's director, he's never given much credit for his so called 'minimal' direction in terms of camera work or editing. (SPOILERS AHEAD) Consider the scene where the the boy is being fished out of the lake, how Kieslowski's camera not only lingers for much of the entire process making it all the more painful. But all the while the camera remains among the spectators far away straining to get a good look emulating the perspective of the father. Kieslowski's choice to have the father be unworried rather than hysterical after he's first told his son has fallen through the ice in itself reveals so much about his character's confidence in his calculations and technology than any speech could have. While the choice to focus on and shoot the father's lecture from the viewpoint of the son give's the viewer a sense of the son's pride and wonder at his father. Decalogue One could most likely function as a silent film as most of its best parts are already without dialogue (such as the scene following the tragedy where the father is left staring at his computer screen). I say this not to discount the immense contribution of the Krzysztofs' dialogue but to herald Kieslowski's deft direction. After all, it is Decalogue's haunting images that stay with us long after we've seen it and lift this series high above most other films.
 
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