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  1. I am writing a paper on the implications of smoking throughout the Decalogue, does anyone have any views on the topic?
  2. I'm new to not only this discussion but all of the discussions about Kieslowski and his works. I would like to make a suggestion that helped a lot in the film course on Kieslowski that I just finished. Read Martin Buber's I and Thou. Then read Fear and Trembling by Kieregaard. Especially in Decalogue VIII, these two philosophers give a wonderful bit of insight into the characters of the Decalogue. Buber's notion that God is found in the embrace and in the air people breathe is highlighted in the final embrace between the two women as the tailor looks on through the glass (implying that he will never be able to share that feeling). As far as the necklace goes, it was the class consensus that the other charm was a hebrew letter, giving some kind of duality for her heritage and the way that she was saved from the holocaust. Kieslowski seems to do everything intentionally, and I believe that there is nothing flimsy if you can get beyond the initial view of the film, and look at the deeper implications, like the tailor who has been estranged from his friends, or the ability of the teacher to attempt at recompense for previous actions. I also have a question regarding all of the decalogue, forgive me if there is a better place to post this and please direct me there. Does anyone see any deeper implications than societal influence on the presence of smoking throughout the series? I believe that there are some deeper philosophical implications on the timing and placing of smoking, does anyone else think the same thing?
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