Rent A Short Film About Killing (1988)

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1h 21min
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Synopsis:
Krzysztof Kieslowski's full-length feature 'A Short Film About Killing' is expanded from an episode of his acclaimed cycle of short films based on the Ten Commandments, 'Dekalog'. 'A Short Film About Killing' is based on the Fifth Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Kill, and is a psychological vivisection of the brutal and senseless murder of a taxi driver by a young drifter, with no explanation offered, and no extenuating circumstances given. Kieslowski demonstrates his skill and dexterity as a master of suspense, keeping tensions rising and viewers in knots, producing a searing, powerful moral indictment of capital punishment.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Ryszard Chutkowski
Writers:
Krzysztof Kieslowski, Krzysztof Piesiewicz
Aka:
Krotki film o zabijaniu
Studio:
Artificial Eye Film Company Ltd.
Genres:
Drama
Countries:
Poland, Drama
Awards:

1988 Cannes Jury Prize

BBFC:
Release Date:
29/09/2003
Run Time:
81 minutes
Languages:
Polish
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Interview with director of photography Slawomir Idziak
  • Interview with Kieslowski collaborator Annette Insdorff
  • Interview with filmmaker Agnieska Holland
  • Examination of the film by Antonin Liehm
  • 'A Night Porter's point of view' - short film by Kieslowski
  • Kieslowski filmography
BBFC:
Release Date:
29/07/2019
Run Time:
83 minutes
Languages:
Polish
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Presentation of the Film by Thierry Jousse
  • Interview with Film Critic Annette Insdorff
  • Interview with Director of Photography Slawomiridziak
  • Interview with Filmmaker Agneszka Holland

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Reviews (1) of A Short Film About Killing

Brutal and powerful - A Short Film About Killing review by Pete W

Spoiler Alert
04/10/2016

A film about two killings, examined in forensic but unemotional detail. A teenage boy gratuitously and cruelly murders a taxi driver for reasons which are never very clear to us (and perhaps not to the boy either). The murder is shown in a lengthy sequence which is very disturbing. The film then moves very quickly to the next killing - the execution by hanging of the murderer by the state. This too is harrowing. The film's power derives from its almost documentary approach to two horrific acts of killing. The film is difficult to watch but, once seen, you won't forget it.

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