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Decalogue 1 (I Am The Lord Thy God) (1989), Krzysztof Kieslowski, A-

Jordan | Jordan Hoffman's Movie Journal | Thursday, April 26th, 2007


Holy smokes! If I’ve got 9 hours more of this waiting for me, I don’t know if I can make it. So depressing! I assumed that these films (based on the 10 Commandments) would be morality tales, but all I get from this is “Shit Happens.”

Anyway, wonderfully shot film set at a fabulous commie block housing complex, snowy, grey, but unlike, say, Mike Leigh’s All or Nothing there seems a better sense of community. Good performances, worth watching, but I dunno what the point of this was other than to make us sad. (Unless the thesis is some anti-Science message/vengeance against the nonbelievers. . .but somehow I don’t buy that.)


  1. I love the Decalogue (and almost everything else by KK). If you are expecting to find a 1to1 relationship between these shorts and the 10 commandments, you will be dissapointed. Some of them do have that relationship almost defined (actually this one is sort of like science as a God = first commandment). By and large though the tales seem to cover one, two, three or no actual commandment related events. Also, not all of them are totally sad as is the case with this one. Overall, IMHO, this is one -or 10 I guess- masterpiece(s) worth watching a few times. Looking forward to see what you think about the rest of it…

    Comment by e. nassar — April 26, 2007 @ 11:32 am

  2. Oy vey, you’re not going to make it. Maybe they’re masterpieces but they are slooooooooooooooooooooow . These clogged up our Netflix queue for about six months, we’d get home from work, think about putting a movie on, remember it was one of these, and then decide to read a book.

    And e. is right, it’s hard to see much of a connection between these and the Ten Commandments. Speaking of which, did you know there’s like three different versions of them?

    Comment by rozger — April 27, 2007 @ 10:33 am

  3. I must go on, I can’t go on, I must go on

    Comment by Jordan — April 27, 2007 @ 5:31 pm

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