Doesn'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
Jacek climbs into the taxi driven by Waldemar, tells him to drive to a remote location, then brutally strangles him, seemingly without motive.
Decades Project: 3/8 of the 80's
"Is it a good film?"
"No, it's boring."
A Short Film About Killing may be short in its temporal duration, but it is incredibly long in its emotional effect. It is a despairingly brutal examination of humanity and the death penalty. It follows an itinerant young boy, a rude old taxi driver, and a newly appointed lawyer fresh from his exams. The boy kills the taxi driver, and the case for his life is taken by the lawyer.
The film works by focusing on the mundane reality of each character's life and contrasting it with the severe violence that erupts from it. The youth goes to see a movie; the taxi driver cleans his…
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…
"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…
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.
You always see execution chambers in movies as these grim, dark sets that are constantly waiting to their next victim. You never see who sweeps the floor or tidies the curtains. Who'd have thought that would make it even more haunting? This film's structure is beautiful, perfectly mirroring an individuals contemplative, sadistic plotting of murder to the same methodical killing machine that is the death penalty. The movie cuts out the trial that one might expect to be the heart of the film to avoid getting us too invested in logistics, forcing us to focus on the moral elements. This is pure visual storytelling, what we see is what we get. The morbid voyeurism lets us serve as silent witness…
"Thou shalt not kill."
As expected of such a director whose most acclaimed works consist of The Three Colours Trilogy and The Double Life of Veronique, the film looks fantastically bleak throughout, with almost every shot a solemn portrait. The film's opening shot sets the tone perfectly with a glum image of a recently hung cat which actually mirrors and foreshadows its climax. Though the overriding theme of the film is unpleasant and it contains one particular scene of gore and violence, such is uncompromising, brutally realistic and abstemious of anything stylistic or flashy. To do so would be to detract from the film's absent qualities and would consequently banish all character development in the first half of proceedings. Instead…
An absolute masterpiece.
An intense, moving, and disturbing drama from Krzysztof Kieslowski. The film's message is still timely today.
Kieślowski's SHORT FILM ABOUT KILLING is definitely about killing, ok? It starts with some animal deaths, random grimness, and then alights on the main killings: Rekowski (Jan Tesarz) is a cab driver, the victim; Łazar (Mirosław Baka) is a young drifter, the murderer who gets executed (wow, two killings for one guy!); and Balicki (Krzysztof Globisz) is a new lawyer, the losing public defender in a capital punishment trial. Watch your client die, maybe because of you? Yes.
A lot of fuzzy, sad, dark, tragic stuff all the time. Strange yellowish red sky, everything hot and twinkling intensely. Cinematographer Slawomir Idziak is really to thank.
In flashback, Balicki's a proud graduate ready for his first case. But still thinking about…
My God, what a dark yet divine film! Words have somehow lost their meaning when it comes to describing the celestial chef-d'œuvre(s) of Krzysztof Kieślowski. The cinematography was absolutely stunning and the cast was perfect, such raw/emotional performances; just an all around superb work of art, from the master of "Art Cinema".
This is, in fact, a film about killing. A bit longer than a short film, but the rest of the title is apt.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I had been meaning to watch this for some time now. Though I kept putting it off.... and I'll admit I had such a difficult time watching it. I had to pause it, and step away a few times. I'm going to give this film a 4, for the fact that I was disgusted, and sadden by it-- it was so real/raw in depicting emotion.
I really enjoyed the color palette that was found through out the film, it really set the mood.
It seemed the only time the film had any cheer of color, was the scene with the two little girls outside the coffee shop window. After hearing him talk about his younger sister that passed away, it…
Green, dirty and shadowy, this film is an intimate portrayal of the darkness of humanity. Kieślowski’s world and characters always feel so real. It is definitely a heavy watch but I am very glad I watched it.
After some pondering...
I must give the late director Krystof Kieslowski his due: when A Short Film About Killing ended, I had to think about it for at least a couple of hours before sitting down to put something to print (and I know I'll think about it some more tomorrow). For those who may not know, this is actually a longer 'director's cut' of a segment from the director's towering work, The Decalogue, a ten-part film which has an episode about each of the ten commandments (this made up the segment "Thou Shalt Not Kill"). I had originally seen that film-series years ago, and a flood of images and thoughts came back to me; at the time, the 60-minute…
I wonder what it says about my own brutality as a human being that I enjoyed this much more than either the Colors trilogy and Double Life?
It's message (The pointlessness and trauma of murder, whether individual or state sanctioned) is possibly obvious, but you have to admire the surety of execution and a narrative structure which is tightly formed and wastes no time on unnecessary sub-plots.
There is no poetic dressing here, no shots through glass trinkets, the camera work is functional yet intimate, the color palette garish and stark. If there are any distractions it's the minutiae of life, our killer playfully taunting two small girls with a splatter of icecream against a shop window, our victim scaring…
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…