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Krzysztof Kieślowski’s “Decalogue” as a Quality TV Series

Monika Talarczyk



The text is dedicated to The Decalogue (Dekalog,1988) by Krzysztof Kieslowski and analyses the television series through the prism of genre and contemporary television studies, including the concept of quality television. Kieslowski’s series fulfills all the criteria assigned to the contemporary new generation television series, and can act as a reference point for interpreting Poland’s first new generation series by HBO, In treatment (Bez tajemnic, 2011–2013). The two titles are also linked by the same Polish film tradition, i.e. the cinema of moral concern, even though In treatment is based on foreign format.


Polish television; tv series; quality television

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Haltof M., “Ciągle żywy. Wpływ Kieślowskiego na kino polskie w czasach postkomunistycznych”, trans. A. Tambor, “Postscriptum Polonistyczne” 2010, no. 1 (5), pp. 89–104.

Of Elephants and Toothaches: Ethics, Politics, and Religion in Krzysztof Kieślowski’s “Decalogue”, eds. E. Badowska and F. Parmeggiani, New York 2016

Quality TV: Contemporary American Television and Beyond, eds. J. McCabe, et. al., New York and London 2007.

Władcy torrentów. Wokół anagażującego modelu telewizji, eds. M. Major and J. Bucknall-Hołyńska, Gdańsk 2014.

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