Kieślowski, the mysteries of screens and God

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Marek Lis

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The computer seems like a privileged personage in Decalogue 1 (Dekalog, jeden, 1987/88, prem. 1989, dir. K. Kieślowski): it is used by Paweł and his father to solve mathematical questions about Miss Piggy, to calculate the durability of the ice on the pond, to know what Mum is doing, and to control domestic devices. For Kieślowski the computer is not just a gadget: Krzysztof ’s lecture describes its potential and its possible autonomy. Independent from man (the computer switches itself on), it becomes his rival: Kieślowski proposes a critical interpretation of the computer as a new idol, promising unlimited memory and knowledge. A similar preoccupation can be found in the Black Mirror series, where new technologies, existing or as yet still fantastic, are becoming more and more intrusive in the lives of their human protagonists. The computer seems also to be a rival of God, present in symbols in Decalogue 1: a sign of him is not only the metaphysical man played by Artur Barciś, but also the biblical symbol of fire and the Madonna’s tears.

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Lis, M. (2019). Kieślowski, the mysteries of screens and God. Images. The International Journal of European Film, Performing Arts and Audiovisual Communication, 24(33), 9-18. https://doi.org/10.14746/i.2018.33.02
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Kieślowski Revisited (and Re-watched)
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Marek Lis, Theological Faculty Opole University

Professor of the Theological Faculty of Opole University. Author of publications concerning theological meaning of the cinema: Audiowizualny przekład Biblii. Od translatio do transmediatio [Audiovisual Translation of the Bible. From Translatio to Transmediatio] (Opole 2002), 100 filmów biblijnych [100 Biblical Films] (Kraków 2005), Figury Chrystusa w “Dekalogu” Krzysztofa Kieślowskiego [Christ-figures in ‘The Decalogue’ by Krzysztof Kieślowski] (Opole 2007, 2013), Krzysztof Zanussi. Przewodnik teologiczny [Krzysztof Zanussi. A theological guide] (Opole 2015). Editor of Światowa encyklopedia filmu religijnego [World Encyclopedia of the Religious Film] (Kraków 2007), Cinematic Transformations of the Gospel (Opole 2013), Kieślowski czyta Dekalog [Kieślowski Reads the Decalogue] (Opole 2014), SIGNIS and Cinema. Looking for God Behind the Screen (Opole-Bruxelles 2016). Member of the Ecumenical Juries of international film festivals (Cannes, Fribourg, Warsaw, Yerevan…).

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