Reviews for Krzysztof Kieslowski’s ‘Dekalog’

the-dekalog-poster-1-small“Dekalog certainly lives up to its reputation as a mind-altering masterpiece. You marvel at the precision of its filmmaking even as it spreads an atmosphere of moral unease.” – Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice

“The profound pleasures they offer derive not only from their deft metaphysical playfulness but also from their storytelling genius.” – Stephen Holden, New York Times

“The Decalogue finds Kieslowski and co-scenarist Krzysztof Piesiewicz turning a delicate cycle of intimate, funny, heartbreaking, and compassionate works into a symphony of human fallibility.” – Scott Tobias, A.V. Club

“Kieslowski’s beautiful, sad and clear-eyed The Decalogue — an overwhelming psychological and spiritual epic for our times — faces the darkness, sends out a song against the storm.” – Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

Tickets & Showtimes

Newly Restored!

For the First Time in Over 10 Years!

Friday, December 9 – Thursday, December 15

Fri = Part 1 & 2 at 4:30, 7:00
Sat = Part 1-5 at 1:00pm; Part 3 & 4 at 7:00pm
Sun = Part 6-10 at 1:00pm; Part 5 & 6 at 7:00pm
Mon = Part 7 & 8 at 4:30, 7:00; Part 9 & 10 at 9:30pm
Tue = Part 9 & 10 at 4:30, 7:00; Short Film About Killing at 9:30pm
Wed = Part 1 & 2 at 4:30pm; Part 3 & 4 at 7:00pm; Short Film About Love at 9:30pm
Thu = Part 5 & 6 at 4:30pm; Part 7 & 8 at 7:00pm; Part 9 & 10 at 9:30pm

DEKALOG (1988) dir Krzyzstof Kieslowski [10x60min; DCP]
This masterwork by Krzysztof Kieślowski is one of the twentieth century’s greatest achievements in visual storytelling. Originally made for Polish television, THE DEKALOG (aka The Decalogue) focuses on the residents of a housing complex in late-Communist Poland, whose lives become subtly intertwined as they face emotional dilemmas that are at once deeply personal and universally human. Its ten hour-long films, drawing from the Ten Commandments for thematic inspiration and an overarching structure, grapple deftly with complex moral and existential questions concerning life, death, love, hate, truth, and the passage of time. Shot by nine different cinematographers, with stirring music by Zbigniew Preisner and compelling performances from established and unknown actors alike, THE DEKALOG arrestingly explores the unknowable forces that shape our lives.

Also screening are the longer theatrical versions of the series’ fifth and sixth films: A SHORT FILM ABOUT KILLING (Tue, Dec 13 at 9:30pm) and A SHORT FILM ABOUT LOVE (Wed, Dec 14 at 9:30pm).