High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.
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.
I have previously noted that a film with palpable influence on the real world exceeds in my estimation any film whose most notable impact to the wider world is merely on the realm of film itself; there is a step further that should be noted, that when a film's influence can be proven to save lives, actually prevent killing itself, on not an individual but an institutional level, that film becomes more akin to something holy. I certainly did not have this expectation going in; Kieslowski has previously left me interested but not moved, intrigued but not scarred.
This moved me and scarred me. This seems to have saved lives.
Filters and bleach turn the world into a ragged, broken,…
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.
feels a little one note, though I suppose I can't discredit the film for that considering it's only 84 minutes in length. definitely not one of Kieślowski's best, though I would say its message is admirably clear without overly relying on cheap unsubtle filmmaking tactics. also one of the most disturbing and uncomfortable murder scenes I've had the displeasure of witnessing. may or may not raise star rating upon further pondering, a rewatch is almost unquestionably necessary.
The haze of the dank green filters and overlays that cover up the entire visual
Universe of this horrific little moment of a film definitely provides it with a unique look. The focus on the banal and empty life while
Being far less dramatic than the Sequences of death; are actually presented so similarly that everything kind of ends up on a disconcerting even keel. kieslowski's attitude towards death is clearly one of sad indifference; his attitude towards executioners on the other hand seems to be one of moral outrage. As usual the moments of chance in his work feel the exact opposite of contrived; they remind you of the possibility for happenstance in real life and the dizzying power of coincidence.
Krzysztof Kieslowski's study of human cruelty and punishment has retained every bit of power since it was first screened. Featuring Slawomir Idziak's brilliant cinematography which presents itself in an obscured manner -- are we really sure we want to see? -- Do we really want to know the truth?
I think this film's realistically grim presentation of truth actually makes societal punishment only more horrific had Kieslowski chosen to tell the story of a wrongfully accused character. The character's guilt brings forward a chilling discussion of both guilt and consequence. An almost flawless film.
May 2016 Scavenger Hunt
Task #29: A film by a director whose first name and surname begin with the same letter
Just like the name suggests, Krzysztof Kieślowski's A Short Film About Killing is indeed, a relatively short film about the act of killing. Showing several instances of this act, Kieślowski tries to display violence in its purest form, and the vicious circle attached to it. The theme of the film is expressed right from the first seconds: in the opening shot, we see a dead rat laying down, and as the camera moves, a hanged cat is revealed near it, while a group of kids are going away. The fates of the cat and the mouse…
I think I'm gonna be sick
jacek had a deep voice for someone who's like 19 years old
The last few minutes of this film were really powerful.
There's not much of a score to follow or cinematography but the point is the message of human nature.
Bleak as shit. I can't believe (most of) this aired on Polish TV. It's responsible for abolishing the death penalty in Poland, btw so: 5 stars.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
As I work my way through Kieslowski's The Decalogue, this must be the most devastating and powerful entry. It tells the story of three men, two who will die by the films end, and neither of whom begin the film as particularly sympathetic characters. Yet Kieslowski has an incredible way of making us grieve for both of them.
Eine richtige Erfahrung.
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