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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…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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.
Well shot but never once interesting or provocative on any level. The end was decent though.
Kieslowski does the most complex things in a way that seems simple. A Short Film About Killing is no exception.
This is a directors cut of the fifth episode of The Decalogue. It adds about 20 minutes of footage. Most of it is additional scenes of the lawyer, with a little bit more of the taxi driver and the killer. All in all, while it adds a little bit more depth to the characters I wouldn't say that it's worth seeking out unless you plan to rewatch The Decalogue anyway. You can substitute this film for the fifth episode. And because I just saw The Decalogue about 9 months ago this episode was still fresh enough in my mind that the film didn't have as much of an impact on me as the original episode did.
Two episodes from Krzysztof Kieslowski’s oft-praised Decalogue series were expanded into feature films – A Short Film About Killing and A Short Film About Love. The titular killing of the former references two murders which Kieslowski presents to be on an equally moral ground. In the first, a young delinquent, Jacek, ruthlessly kills a taxi driver without cause. After being sentenced to hang, the final scene documents his execution. Both of the deaths are played out in extensive length and detail and are daunting to get through. The murder of the taxi driver is familiar of Torn Curtain, wherein Hitchcock wished to present the difficulty it takes to kill a man, and the execution scene mirrors this mercilessness by depicting…
Now I need to see how this plays within the context of Kieslowski's DECALOGUE. In this SHORT FILM, as it stands, there are moments of great power and poetry - essentially the entire first hour, really, with it's shrouded-out compositions and its disorienting narrative inscrutability - undone very slightly by horribly obvious didactic moments. (What I wouldn't give to lose that last shot entirely.) I'm curious which of those two elements the ten-hour-whole would emphasize.
Ovako... film jest kratak i jest o ubijanju tako da ne mogu reći da očekivanja nisu ispunjena, ali nažalost nije ni dobar, jebiga.
A ni poruka me nije previše dotakla ako ću biti savršeno iskren. Mislim, frajer ode i hladnokrvno ubije nekog jadnika jer mu treba auto za bariti picu i onda to kasnije pokušava opravdati smrću svoje sestre. I eto sad bih ga ja trebao žaliti. E pa neće ići frende, barem su te na selu trebali naučiti da ŽENJEŠ ONO ŠTO SI POSIJAO. Također bih volio vidjeti kakva bi bila reakcija onog kmečavog odvjetnika da je ovaj kojim slučajem za svoju žrtvu odabrao njegovu lijepu ženicu.
Inače dobra kamera i par BAŠ napetih scena pred kraj, ali sveukupno ništa impresivno i precijenjeno do bola.
A really tough uncompromising look at the end of lives and the devastating effects of death.
The title already provokes a sense of foreboding from the offset, made all the more unsettling by the murky sepia colour scheme and limited view of camerawork. It's easy to say this is Kieślowski most fearful work, as we follow three seemingly unconnected characters knowing from the offset ones the killer, ones the victim and ones going to be the defendant. It often makes for tough viewing, and the lens effects are a bit over used in places, but A Short Film About Killing will stick with me for a long time now.
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- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- The Rules of the Game
- Tokyo Story
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