Of Elephants and Toothaches. Ethics, Politics, and Religion in Krzysztof Kieslowski's 'Decalogue'

Tytuł:

Of Elephants and Toothaches. Ethics, Politics, and Religion in Krzysztof Kieslowski's 'Decalogue'

Autorzy:

Eva Badowska, Francesca Parmeggiani

Wydawca:

Fordham University Press

Wydanie:

New York 2016

Liczba stron:

253

Opis

This collection is the first to offer a genuinely interdisciplinary approach to Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Decalogue, a ten-film cycle of modern tales that touch on the ethical dilemmas of the Ten Commandments. The cycle’s deft handling of moral ambiguity and inventive technique established Kieślowski as a major international director.

Kieślowski once said, "Both the deep believer and the habitual skeptic experience toothaches in exactly the same way." Of Elephants and Toothaches takes seriously the range of thought, from theological to skeptical, condensed in the cycle’s quite human tales. Bringing together scholars of film, philosophy, literature, and several religions, the volume ranges from individual responsibility, to religion in modernity, to familial bonds, to human desire and material greed. It explores Kieślowski’s cycle as it relentlessly solicits an ethical response that stimulates both inner disquiet and interpersonal dialogue.

Spis treści

Introduction: "Within unrest, there is always a question"
EVA BADOWSKA AND FRANCESCA PARMEGGIANI 1

I. Rules and Virtues: The Moral Insight of The Decalogue
WILLIAM JAWORSKI 15

2. Tablets of Stone, Tablets of Flesh: Synesthetic Appeal in The Decalogue
JOSEPH G. KICKASOLA 30

3. Decalogue One: Witnessing a Responsible Ethics of Response from a Jewish Perspective
MOSHE GOLD 51

4. Visual Reverberations: Decalogue Two and Decalogue Eight
EVA M. STADLER 80

5. Remember the Sabbath Day, to Keep It Holy: Decalogue Three
JOSEPH W. KOTERSKI, S.J. 95

6. Decalogue Four: The Mother up in Smoke, or "Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother"
GABRIELLA RIPA DI MEANA 108

7. Decalogue Five: A Short Film about Killing, Sin, and Community
MICHAEL BAUR 122

8. States of Exception: Politics and Poetics in Decalogue Six
EVA BADOWSKA 140

9. Decalogue Seven: A Tale of Love, Failing Words, and Moving Images
FRANCESCA PARMEGGIANI 165

10. Decalogue Eight: Childhood, Emotion, and the Shoah
EMMA WILSON 181

11. Divine Possession: Metaphysical Covetousness in Decalogue Nine
PHILIP SICKER 197

12. Laughter Makes Good Neighbors: Sociability and the Comic in Decalogue Ten
REGINA SMALL 216

Acknowledgments 231

List of Contributors 233

Index 237