Rent Dekalog and Other Television Works (2016)

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Rent Dekalog and Other Television Works (aka The Ten Commandments / Spokój / Krótki dzien pracy / Personel / Pierwsza milosc / Przejscie podziemne / Still Alive) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Dekalog" is one of the greatest achievements of the late twentieth century - as much an intricate work of moral philosophy as it is a collection of psychologically riveting narratives. Each standalone stop/ revolves around the consequences arising from a breach of one of the Ten Commandments, but this is no finger-wagging religious tract: Kieslowski was one of film history's keenest observers of human nature, and his troubled, vainglorious, self-deceiving, deeply flawed characters (many played by some of Poland's finest character actors) are all too universally recognisable.
"Dekalog" is merely the highlight of a box set that compiles virtually all of Kieslowski's television work, starting with his first professional short fiction film and continuing with four feature-length pieces that are in every way as probing and incisive as his better-known cinema films.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Ryszard Chutkowski
Writers:
Krzysztof Kieslowski, Krzysztof Piesiewicz, Ireneusz Iredynski, Lech Borski, Jerzy Stuhr, Hanna Krall
Aka:
The Ten Commandments / Spokój / Krótki dzien pracy / Personel / Pierwsza milosc / Przejscie podziemne / Still Alive
Studio:
Arrow Films
Genres:
Drama, TV Classics, TV Documentaries, TV Dramas, TV Political
Countries:
Poland
BBFC:
Release Date:
31/10/2016
Run Time:
583 minutes
Languages:
Polish Dolby Digital 1.0
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Mixed
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • The Guardian Interview: Krzysztof Kieslowski, an onstage conversation with Derek Malcolm at London's National Film Theatre on 2 April 1990 to mark the British premiere of Dekalog Dekalog: An Appreciation, in which critic Tony Rayns, a Kieslowski champion for many decades, pays tribute to his masterpiece
  • KKTV, Polish cinema expert Michael Brooke explores Kieslowski's small-screen output in the context of his work as a whole
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following:
- Dekalog One
- Dekalog Two
- Pedestrian Subway
- Still Alive
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following episodes:
- Dekalog Three
- Dekalog Four
- First Love
- KKTV
Disc 3:
This disc includes the following:
- Dekalog Five
- Dekalog Six
- Personnel
- Tony Rayns on 'Dekalog'
Disc 4:
This disc includes the following:
- Dekalog Seven
- Dekalog Eight
- The Calm
- NFT Interview with Kieslowski
Disc 5:
This disc includes the following:
- Dekalog Nine
- Dekalog Ten
- Short Working Day
BBFC:
Release Date:
31/10/2016
Run Time:
583 minutes
Languages:
Polish LPCM 1.0 Mono
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Mixed
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • The Guardian Interview: Krzysztof Kieslowski, an onstage conversation with Derek Malcolm at London's National Film Theatre on 2 April 1990 to mark the British premiere of Dekalog Dekalog: An Appreciation, in which critic Tony Rayns, a Kieslowski champion for many decades, pays tribute to his masterpiece
  • KKTV, Polish cinema expert Michael Brooke explores Kieslowski's small-screen output in the context of his work as a whole
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following:
- Dekalog One
- Dekalog Two
- Pedestrian Subway
- Still Alive
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following:
- Dekalog Three
- Dekalog Four
- First Love
- KKTV
Disc 3:
This disc includes the following:
- Dekalog Five
- Dekalog Six
- Personnel
- Tony Rayns on 'Dekalog'
Disc 4:
This disc includes the following:
- Dekalog Seven
- Dekalog Eight
- The Calm
- NFT Interview with Kieslowski
Disc 5:
This disc includes the following:
- Dekalog Nine
- Dekalog Ten
- Short Working Day

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Reviews (1) of Dekalog and Other Television Works

Falling in Love with Kieslowski - Dekalog and Other Television Works review by Johannes

Spoiler Alert
Updated 14/08/2021

Reviews of Kieslowski's short television features: 

Pedestrian Subway: Few words and few glances contain a rich, yet irreparable, relationship between two young twenty-somethings (one a teacher, the other a window decorator) on a pedestrian subway in Kieslowski's short television feature. A masterful study of love and separation.

First Love: In Kieslowski's docudrama First Love, what should be the great, cosmic intensity of "first love" is instead an act of naivety and innocence. The couple have made the mistake of committing themselves to each other too quickly, without ever having known other kinds of love. Something of their bittersweet tragedy finds its way into Kieslowski's later statement on love, A Short Film About Love, where a young teenager falls prey to his interest in an older woman.

Personnel: In Kieslowski's mild critique of authority, Personnel, the personal and political compete for space like players on a stage. Nineteen-year-old Romek (Juliusz Machulski) finds employment in the costume department of his local theatre, but the idealised prospect of making art is soon frustrated by the corruption of the business; there is dirt under everyone's fingernails, it would appear. Although undeveloped, the plot of Personnel benefit from its semi-documentary, hand-held format. 

Short Working Day: Overworked and stylistically inconsistent, Short Working Day struggles to develop any tension or visceral dread across its short runtime, despite taking a first-person perspective on the June 1976 protests in Radom, Poland. Kieslowski's chamber piece is too closeted, too insular, and by toiling over the same conundrum, never breaks into anything more exciting or fresh. 

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