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1987: Jacek Lazar condemned

November 27th, 2007 Headsman

On this date in 1987, according to the sentence read to him in the climactic scene of The Decalogue no. 5,* fictional Polish criminal Jacek Lazar was condemned to hang for the senseless murder of a taxi driver.

The movie, plainly reflecting the director’s opposition to the death penalty, is the most overtly political of Krzysztof Kieslowski‘s ten-film cycle exploring the themes of the Ten Commandments. But it is far from tendentious.

The supposed date of the actual execution, depicted here, is not identified.

If one credits the dates, this hanging would be among the last performed in Poland. After April 1988, death sentences were no longer carried out, and Poland formally abolished the death penalty in the late 90′s — thanks in no small part to this film.

* Or Dekalog, per its Polish rendering. This particular installation of the series is also referred to as “A Short Film About Killing”.

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Entry Filed under: 20th Century,Arts and Literature,Common Criminals,Fictional,Hanged,Mature Content,Murder,Poland,Theft,Uncertain Dates

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4 Responses to “1987: Jacek Lazar condemned”

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    Lane Brooks Says:

    Thanks for highlighting one of the greatest achievements in film making – Kieslowski’s Decalogue. The interrelationship of all people – including people who have never met eachother – has never been better illustrated. The powerful clip you have chosen of the execution perfectly underlines the stated purpose of this blog: “arresting view of the human condition across time and circumstance from the parlous vantage of the scaffold.”

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    jeff Says:

    I really do need to watch those movies.

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    ExecutedToday.com » 1988: Stanislaw Czabanski, the last in Poland Says:

    [...] over capital punishment was the 1989 Krzysztof Kieslowski flick critiquing the death penalty in his Dekalog [...]

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    ExecutedToday.com » 10 executions that defined the 1980s Says:

    [...] The last hanging in Poland, an abolition hastened by one of the decade’s more arresting cinematic achievements [...]

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