Krótki film o zabijaniu / Dekalog: Five: After a young lawyer successfully passes his bar examination, a brutal and motiveless murder is paralleled by a state execution of the death penalty. A masterpiece by Krzysztof Kieslowski which played a huge role in the abolishing of the death penalty in Poland.
The film was released as a standalone cinema film, titled A Short Film About Killing, and was also cut as the fifth installment of the director’s remarkable series of ten films based on the Ten Commandments – Dekalog (1988). The two versions differ only slightly, with the cinematic version being 84 minutes long versus the 57-minute TV cut.
Thematically connected to the sixth imperative of the Ten Commandments: “Thou shalt not murder”. Filmed in a unique style with color filters and masterful use of light and shadow to underline the setting – a bleak, desolate and failing Communist-era Poland.
Raises many ethical and moral questions in the characteristic Kieslowskian style. A great attention to detail and realism further enthralls the viewer into the story and topic.
Quite possibly one of the most powerful cinematic treatises on the subject of capital punishment. Must See!
A Short Film About Killing / Dekalog, pięć Cast: Mirosław Baka, Krzysztof Globisz, Jan Tesarz, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz