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

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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.


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Talarczyk, M. (2019). Krzysztof Kieślowski’s “Decalogue” as a Quality TV Series. Images. The International Journal of European Film, Performing Arts and Audiovisual Communication, 24(33), 38-46.
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Monika Talarczyk, Department of Film Art Organisation Polish National Film School, Lodz

Associate Professor at the Department of Film Art Organisation of the Polish National Film School in Lodz. She specializes in the history of Polish film and women’s cinema. Her publications include: Wanda Jakubowska. Od nowa (2015), Biały mazur. Kino kobiet w polskiej kinematografii (2013), Wszystko o Ewie. Filmy Barbary Sass a kino kobiet w drugiej połowie XX wieku (2013). She was rewarded by the Polish Film Institute (2015) for her book Bialy mazur dedicated to women film-directors in Polish cinema. She collaborates with Political Critique and acts for gender balance in Polish film industry as a member of EWA (European Women’s Audiovisual’s Network).


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