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Krzysztof Kieślowski’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 story revolves around the consequences arising from a breach of one of the Ten Commandments, but this is no finger-wagging religious tract: Kieślowski 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 Kieślowski’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.
LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
• 4K restoration of all ten episodes, presented in their original broadcast aspect ratios
• Original Polish mono soundtrack (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays), with optional English subtitles
• Pedestrian Subway (1973, 29 mins), Kieślowski’s professional fiction debut, about a man trying to repair a failed marriage
• First Love (1974, 52 mins), a docudrama about a teenage couple coping with an unwanted pregnancy
• Personnel (1975, 67 mins), Kieślowski’s first feature-length fiction film, a partly autobiographical piece about a Warsaw theatre company
• The Calm (1976, 82 mins), one of Kieślowski’s most powerful early films, about a man rebuilding his life in mid-70s Poland after a short prison sentence
• Short Working Day (1981, 73 mins), Kieślowski’s study of a political strike, controversially told
from the viewpoint of a Communist functionary trying to keep order
• Still Alive (2007), an affectionate 82-minute portrait of the director by his former student Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz, including interviews with dozens of friends and colleagues
• The Guardian Interview: Krzysztof Kieślowski, 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 Kieślowski champion for many decades, pays tribute to his masterpiece
• KKTV, Polish cinema expert Michael Brooke explores Kieślowski’s small-screen output in the context of his work as a whole
• 128-page collector’s book featuring a lengthy essay on Dekalog and Kieślowski by Father Marek Lis, plus Kieślowski’s own intensely self-critical discussion of all the films in this set and Stanley Kubrick’s famous eulogy to Kieślowski and co-writer Krzysztof Piesiewicz
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