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Those Who Make Them Are Like Them —Dekalog: One (1988)

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Krzysztof Kieślowski’s DEKALOG (1988) is a series of 10 short films inspired by the Ten Commandments. Describing the dictum that he set for himself and his co-writer, Kieślowski determined that the episodes “should be influenced by the individual Commandments to the same degree that the Commandments influence our daily lives.”

We’re discussing the films one at a time, beginning with No. 1 in today’s episode—but we will continue watching and discussing other films besides, so we’ll be taking our time to get through all ten!

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, we will be discussing the 1957 Swedish drama Wild Strawberries with special guest James Matthew Wilson!

Notes

Music is The Duskwhales, “Take It Back”, used with permission. https://theduskwhales.bandcamp.com/

Criteria is hosted by Thomas V. Mirus and James T. Majewski.

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