The Abdication of Fatherhood—Dekalog: Four (1988)
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Krzysztof Kieślowski’s DEKALOG (1988) is a series of 10 short films inspired by the Ten Commandments. With this episode we discuss the fourth film in the series, which deals with the fourth commandment: “Honor thy father and mother.”
In this fraught installment, a father is challenged to definitively embrace his paternal role as authority and protector, lest his already ambiguous relationship with daughter be perverted into something truly monstrous.
Dekalog can be difficult to find. It can be streamed online with a (relatively cheap and surprisingly legal) subscription to https://easterneuropeanmovies.com—the best viewing experience, however, will be the recent restored edition on Blu-Ray/DVD from Criterion https://www.criterion.com/films/28661-dekalog
Older editions on Blu-Ray and DVD are available for considerably cheaper on Amazon and elsewhere, and you may have luck borrowing Dekalog from your local library.
Next up on Criteria: Fritz Lang’s science fiction classic Metropolis (1927), found easily on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvtWDIZtrAE
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Music is The Duskwhales, “Take It Back”, used with permission. https://theduskwhales.bandcamp.com/
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