A Short Film about Killing and A Short Film about Love (Krotki film o zabijaniu Refrain & Krotki film o milosci)
A Short Film about Killing. Dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski. 1987, 84 mins. DCP. With Miroslaw Baka, Krzysztof Globisz, Jan Tesarz, Zbigniew zapasiewicz. After a youth randomly and brutally murders a taxi driver, an idealistic young attorney is assigned to defend the murderer. The film, which arrived like a rock through the window amid Poland’s debate on capital punishment, is one of the most powerful statements on the death penalty ever committed to film. Strikingly photographed by Slawomir Idziak and ingeniously conceived as a moral diptych with co-screenwriter Krzysztof Piesiewicz (there are no protracted courtroom scenes, no character psychology) Kieslowski’s masterpiece is shocking not only for the graphic brutality of both its murder and execution scenes, but for its daring condemnation of “crime in the name of the law.”
Followed by A Short Film about Love. Dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski. 1988, 86 mins. DCP. With Grazyna Szapolowska, Olaf Lubaszenko, Stefania Iwinska. A sublime cinematic voyeur tale that stands alongside Rear Window and Peeping Tom, Kieslowski’s film follows a sensitive and guileless young man who is obsessed with a beautiful woman living in the opposite building. Watching her through a telescope, he grows jealous of the woman’s lover and sabotages their affair. When Tomek reveals his deceit and confesses his love, the woman initiates a
cruel game of her own.
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