Krzysztof Kieślowski on the set of ‘A Short Film About Killing’ (‘Krótki film o zabijaniu’). Written by Krzysztof Kieślowski and Krzysztof Piesiewicz, the film was expanded from ‘Decalogue V’ of Kieślowski’s masterpiece television series ‘The Decalogue’ (‘Dekalog’). Stanley Kubrick described ‘Dekalog’ as the only masterpiece he could name in his lifetime.
“Regardless of the subject of my films… I am looking for a way of evoking in audiences feelings similar to my own: the physically painful impotence and sorrow that assail me when I see a man weeping at the bus stop, when I observe people struggling vainly to get close to others, when I see someone eating up the left-overs in a cheap restaurant, when I see the first blotches on a woman’s hand and know that she too is bitterly aware of them, when I see the kind of appalling and irreparable injustice that so visibly scars the human face. I want this pain to come across to my audience, to see this physical agony, which I think I am beginning to fathom, to seep into my work.”
‘A Short Film About Decalogue: An Interview with Krzysztof Kieslowski’ is an attempt to examine the universal messages offered by ‘Dekalog,’ as well as it’s idiosyncrasies. A must watch for fans of Kieślowski, and indeed fans of film in general. [Samuel Beckett]
“To tell you the truth, in my work, love is always in opposition to the elements. It creates dilemmas. It brings in suffering. We can’t live with it, and we can’t live without it. You’ll rarely find a happy ending in my work.”
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