Moral Complexity in Kieślowski’s “The Decalogue”


Add to cart
Essay #: 058367
Total text length is 14,494 characters (approximately 10.0 pages).

Excerpts from the Paper

The beginning:
Moral Complexity in Kieślowski’s The Decalogue
Although the moral stories that constitute Polish director
The Decalogue (1989) were inspired by the Ten Commandments (as per the films’ umbrella title), the way they relate to God’s Law as revealed to Moses is by no means straightforward or clear-cut; nor is the rich symbolism which Kieslowski weaves throughout the films. As this paper shall demonstrate, the ideas and themes in The Decalogue are complex and often ambiguous, especially with respect to two primary and recurring symbols: the huge apartment complex where the various characters reside and occasionally cross paths and an unnamed, mysterious male figure who hovers on the periphery of the action, silent and...
The end: Directed by K. Kieslowski. 1987.
, Richard. “The Decalogue”. Cineaste. New York: Summer 2001. 26:3; pp. 48-50.
Rosenbaum, Jonathan. Essential Cinema: On the Necessity of Film Canons.
John Hopkins University Press: Baltimore. 2004. pp. 152-159.
, Mario. “DEKALOG 1 – 10”. In The Hidden God: Film and Faith. Mary Lea
Brandy and Antonio
, eds. The Museum of Modern Art: New York, N.Y.
2003. pp. 183-187.
, ed.
. Faber and Faber Limited: London, 1993.
. “The Ten Commandments become flesh”. Christianity Today.
Carol Stream: 45:2, Feb 5, 2001. pp. 75-76
Michael Wilmington. “Long decade's journey into light”. Film Comment. New York,
N.Y.: 36:2, March/April 2000. pp. 9-10