Metaphors of the war in the Kszysztof Kieslowski kinovellle «Do not bear false witness» from the «Decalogue» cycle



The article deals with the Kinowell of Krzysztof Kieslowski “Do not bear witness” from the cycle “Decalogue” (1989). The leitmotif of this short film-parable is the war, shown through the prism of numerous metaphors, moving from scene to scene and logically interconnected. These include, in particular, the falling picture in the house of the central heroine; a lamp that constantly turns off; broken letter. The war in the novel is presented not only in the direct, but also in the figurative sense of the word: as a state of enmity between people, as an internal disorder of personality.

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Keywords: Krzysztof Kieslowski, Krzysztof Pezevich, “Decalogue”, “Do not bear false witness”, metaphor, war, the role of personality, freedom, moral choice, dialogue, image of a child, childhood, “a tear of a child”

Journal rubric: Linguodidactics and Innovations.Psychological Basis of Learning Languages and Cultures.

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Guseva E.V. Metaphors of the war in the Kszysztof Kieslowski kinovellle «Do not bear false witness» from the «Decalogue» cycle [Elektronnyi resurs]. Âzyk i tekst = Language and Text, 2019. Vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 44–50. DOI: 10.17759/langt.2019060207. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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E. V. Guseva, PhD in Philology, Department of Foreign and Russian Philology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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