'Dekalog' at the Charles

Critic's choice: Film

May 09, 1999|By ANN HORNADAY

An ambitious and rarely seen film project by the late, great Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski comes to the Charles Theatre this week. "Dekalog," a 10-part film series that Kieslowski made for television, will be shown at the newly expanded Baltimore art house over the next five weeks, starting Tuesday.

Kieslowski made 10 one-hour films, each inspired by one of the Ten Commandments, and although the series is available on videotape (one of the movies, "A Short Film About Killing," has toured the festival circuit), the full impact of the films can only be fully experienced when they're projected on the big screen.

The first two installments of "Dekalog" -- "Thou Shalt Have No Other God But Me" and "Thou Shalt Not Take the Name of the Lord in Vain" -- will be shown at the Charles Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Pub Date: 05/09/99

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