Krzysztof Kieslowski has fashioned a cinematic masterpiece. This collection of ten films is a work of supreme daring, imagination, and sheer brilliance, riveting and profound. Each of the films uses one of The Ten Commandments as a thematic springboard. As the films in "The Decalogue" were completed, they awed audiences at film festivals worldwide. The best actors, cinematographers and film technicians joined Kieslowski and his co writer and long time collaborator Krzysztof Piesiewicz in these extraordinary stories. The experience of watching "The Decalogue" is so compelling and powerful that film critic Kenneth Turan wrote that to see it was "nothing less than a privilege."
From the back cover:
I - "I am the Lord thy God: Thou shalt not have other gods before me."
A university professor puts his faith in the infallibility of the computer with tragic personal results.
II - "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain."
A doctor, asked to predict the fate of a dying man, also seals the fate of an unborn child.
III - "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy."
A married man deserts his family on Christmas Eve to search the streets for his ex-lover's errant new boyfriend.
IV - "Honor thy father and thy mother."
A young woman learns a deep family secret by opening a sealed envelope in her father's room which changes their lives forever.
V - "Thou shalt not kill."
An extraordinary parable on capital punishment: an aimless young man murders a taxi-driver and is executed by hanging. Who has the right to take the life of another?
VI - "Thou shalt not commit adultery."
A young postal worker spies on his neighbor; his obsession turns to love and a meeting proves dangerous and pivotal for both.
VII - Thou shalt not steal."
Six-year-old Ania is made to believe that her mother is really her sister in this powerful allegory on the theft of love.
VIII - "Thou shalt not bear false witness against they neighbor."
An ethics professor confronts her past when a Jewish survivor reveals herself as the young girl the professor refused to hide from the Nazis during the Occupation.
IX - "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife."
A once promiscuous, now impotent doctor encourages his wife to take a lover only to be consumed by jealousy.
X - "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods."
A black comedy of two financially strapped brothers who unexpectedly inherit a small fortune in postage stamps.