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Krotki Film o Zabijaniu
     

Krotki Film o Zabijaniu

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski,

Cast: Krzysztof Kieslowski, Miroslaw Baka, Krzysztof Globisz, Jan Tesarz

 
With his Three Colors trilogy, Krzysztof Kieslowski became one of the most respected film directors in the world. One-tenth of his famous Decalogue, A Short Film About Killing, is presented on this disc with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Supplemental materials include interviews

Overview

With his Three Colors trilogy, Krzysztof Kieslowski became one of the most respected film directors in the world. One-tenth of his famous Decalogue, A Short Film About Killing, is presented on this disc with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Supplemental materials include interviews with cinematographer Slawomir Idziak, film scholar Annette Insdorf, and fellow director Agnieszka Holland. A Kieslowski filmography, a theatrical trailer, and an essay on the film by Antonin Liehm round out this excellent release that is highly recommended to all film lovers.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
From its stark opening image of a dead cat, Krzysztof Kieslowski's A Short Film About Killing (1988) lives up to its title as it examines the nature of murder -- both legal and illegal -- and the implications of the Biblical edict "Thou shalt not kill." Written by Kieslowski and Krzysztof Piesiewicz, the deceptively simple story introduces the three principals, killer, victim, and lawyer, as they go about their day, quietly building tension through the accretion of behavioral details. Managing to humanize the killer without sanctioning his actions, Kieslowski similarly renders the victim a surly jerk who still doesn't deserve his random, violent death, deepening the questions raised by the crime and its punishment. By graphically detailing the process of the murder and the killer's execution, Kieslowski equates the killer's violence and its state-sanctioned response, without absolving either side of responsibility. With a filter lending the washed-out colors a sickly yellow tint, Kieslowski's spare style and desolate Warsaw setting match the story's relentlessly bleak tone. Originally part five of the ten-part Decalogue (1988) based on the Ten Commandments, A Short Film About Killing was expanded and released as a critically acclaimed stand-alone feature, winning two prizes at the Cannes Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/2004
UPC:
0738329034122
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kino Video
Time:
1:21:00

Special Features

Interview with cinematographer Slawomir Idziak; Interview with Kieslowski collaborator Annette Insdorf; Interview with filmmaker Agnieszka Holland; Examination of the film by writer Antonin Liehm; "A Night Porter's Point of View": A short documentary by Krzysztof Kieslowski; Kieslowski filmography; Theatrical trailer; A Kieslowski trailer gallery; Optional English subtitles; Enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Miroslaw Baka Jacek
Krzysztof Globisz Piotr
Jan Tesarz Taxi Driver
Artur Barcis Young Man
Stefania Iwinska Godmother
Olaf Lubaszenko Tomek
Piotr Machalica Roman
Grazyna Szapolowska Magda
Zbigniew Zapasiewicz Actor

Technical Credits
Krzysztof Kieslowski Director,Screenwriter
Ryszard Chutkowski Producer,Production Manager
Halina Dobrowolska Art Director,Production Designer
Slawomir Idziak Cinematographer
Malgorzata Jaworska Sound/Sound Designer
Malgorzata Obloza Costumes/Costume Designer
Krzysztof Piesiewicz Screenwriter
Zbigniew Preisner Score Composer
Ewa Smal Editor
Nikodem Wolk-Laniewski Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles [:06]
2. The Interview (I) [6:30]
3. Kinds of Benevolence [7:34]
4. A Taxi Stand [8:25]
5. The Fortune [3:23]
6. Another Fare [6:13]
7. The Killing (I) [3:44]
8. A Means of Escape [9:58]
9. A Difficult Verdict [2:13]
10. Final Preparations [6:36]
11. The Interview (II) [6:37]
12. The Killing (II) [9:05]

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