“I believe the life of every person is worthy of scrutiny, containing its own secrets and dramas. People don’t talk about them because they are embarrassed, because they do not like to scratch old wounds, or are afraid of being judged unfashionably sentimental. Therefore [Krzysztof Piesiewicz and I] wanted to start each film in such a way that would that the lead character had been chosen by the camera almost by accident, as if one of many. The idea occurred to us of showing a huge stadium in which, from among the hundred thousand faces, we would focus on one in particular. There was also the idea of the camera picking out one person from a crowded street and then following that person for the rest of the film. Finally we decided to place the action of The Decalogue in a large housing estate, with thousands of similar windows framed within the establishing shot. Behind each of these windows, we said to ourselves, is a living human being, whose mind, whose heart and, even better, whose stomach is worthy of investigation.”
—Krzysztof Kieslowski, from “An Introduction to The Decalogue” (1991)
The Krzysztof Kieslowski blog-a-thon starts right here on Friday. I’ll post my entry on Thursday evening, and will update Friday’s blog-a-thon listing at least twice a day. Join me, and spread the word.