Don't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ quality "short" films. Easy…
A Short Film About Killing
The plot couldn't be simpler or its attack on capital punishment (and the act of killing in general) more direct - a senseless...
"Thou shalt not kill."
A dark look at the human's psyche, A Short Film About Killing unleashes a debate on how moral is relative from the personal perspective of whoever handles it given any situation. Despite some random emotional fillers that distract the viewer from the original intentions of the film, Kieslowski accomplishes a disturbing sepia tone for highlighting relevant issues, among which are:
- The contradiction of a death sentence as a condemnation of murder.
- The events that are behind the curtain of each individual: his personal life background that we do not see.
- The implications of standardizing human actions and restricting them to what has been accepted as an agreeable consensus.
It is easy to point…
"...since Cain the world has neither been intimidated nor ameliorated by punishment ..."
A Short Film About Killing, when released, began a heated debate on Capital Punishment in Poland. People were so disturbed by the film that they took it as a direct political statement. Such is the power of cinema, a beautiful visual art.
The film centers on three people: Waldemar, a middle-aged cab-driver who enjoys his freewill; Jacek, a troubled 21-year-old who's recently come to Warsaw and then we have Piotr, an aspirant who's just passed his bar exam. These three narratives help us understand the characters and at some point, to no surprise, they meet. Kieslowski possibly gives us time consider, in the first half of the…
This is another example of the power of cinema and going beyond the intentions of its original purpose. Obviously films and cinema are a effective outlet to spread awareness and moral messages on a variety of topics to a wide scale audience. But I doubt Kieslowski knew while making this film the type of impact it would have. A Short Film About Killing helped pave the wave for debate and the eventual annulment of capital punishment in Poland.
This is an expanded version of his fifth installment of The Decalogue series as part of a two feature film contract with the funding attained. Both versions are essentially the same with perhaps this feature length one containing both more coherency in…
Both A Short Film About Killing and A Short Film About Love seem to be yearning for a larger exploration of the material they contain. Both films were expanded from episodes of Kieslowski's Decalogue series and it's easy to pinpoint the places where Kieslowski had to condense and abbreviate for a different medium.
There's really rewarding stuff in both of these films, however. The cinematography here, with it's muddy green hues, is stunning. The pivotal murder sequence is brutal and unnerving. Perhaps I would enjoy both of these works more in the context of the Decalogue series which I have yet to watch. They're solid and thought provoking works but they aren't the transcendent type of masterpieces I've seen in Kieslowski's other feature films.
Krzysztof Kieślowski dives into big topic issues and covers a lot of ground with a mere snapshot of a picture. His short film plays out like a newspaper article but somehow manages to fire up the imagination and all hit the emotional chords. Kieślowski directs with a gritty, almost documentary feel and that serves him, and us, very well.
We first follow a young man who seems to be a loner. He is obviously suffering from some antisocial tendencies but we really begin to worry when he sits in a cafe and begins making some alarming preparations. Simultaneously, we meet a grumpy cab driver and also a lawyer beginning his career. When these lives collide, murder and capital punishment slide…
The most ambiguous and, paradoxically, effective movie against the death penalty, this movie is horror. Not halloween thrills horror. Not amazing brain twisting The Shining-like horror. The horror of senseless malice of mere men and more evil piled on top of it.
From the opening credits of a rat and a hanged cat, held painfully long to acclimate the viewer to the cruelty to come, this film just doesn't let go. Kieslowski is a master filmmaker.
"A prophet's task is to reveal the fault lines hidden beneath the comfortable surface of the worlds we invent for ourselves, the national myths as well as little lies and disillusions of control and security that get us through the day." - Kathleen Norris
Dear Lord. Dear, dear Lord. Come soon.
A Short Film About Killing is unyielding in its portrayal of death. Straight from the opening scene - which depicts dead cockroaches and rats in a sewer, alongside a group of children hanging a cat - the viewer knows they are in for a bumpy ride. The depiction of death is among the most realistic and affecting I have ever seen. The images of death presented by Kieslowski show the act of killing as it actually is, not through the Hollywood lens. Death is not easy or quick, and it is certainly not clean or pretty. When I saw this film, I was lucky enough to see it in theater with a lecture by a German cinema professor afterwards. Here…
Up there with the worst I've seen.
I had forgotten that Kieslowski also made The Double Life of Veronique (1991). I remember seeing that one years ago and being baffled at all the hype. I thought it was a total bore. But this one was way worse. It sucked.
Proclaimed to be a short film about killing, I wish it was much shorter. 84 minutes is pushing it for the short-label.
The whole film was suffused with an ochre hue. It reminded me of amateur photography. You take a typical picture and then throw a tint on it to make it look cool. I'm not against tinting films in general. It worked in Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013), for one…
Dark, bleak but philosophical and engaging in a thought provoking manner. The filters used to grain the cinematography worked brilliantly and the film and its themes stayed with me long after it had finished.
Killing about a killing in a killing social/political system. Kieslowski with an Instagram filter.
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game
- Marketa Lazarová
- Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
Everyone has to start somewhere and although there might be quite a few great lists that introduce people to foreign…