683. Ten Commandments: Thou Shalt Not Commit Blasphemy – Phil Mulloy


SUMMARY: A man who uses a crucifix to repair his broken window is set upon by an angry religious mob.

WHY IT’S HERE: Phil Mulloy’s ‘Ten Commandments’ series features is made up of ten short films of about five minutes in length, each of which examines a different commandment from Mulloy’s distinctive, inventive and critical viewpoint; a sort of animated version of Kieslowski’s ‘Decalogue’. Shot through with black humour but featuring many cogent points about the dangers of simplified moral codes, Mulloy’s series is best viewed as a whole but there are definite high-points. The second film ‘Thou Shalt Not Commit Blasphemy’ is perhaps the most incisive and humane of the series. A dialogue-free piece in which a man uses a crucifix to mend his window and is burned at the stake by a religious mob, ‘Thou Shalt Not Commit Blasphemy’ has an ironic and satisfying ending, not to mention a surprising close-up image of God’s penis! With his trademark ink-blot characters, Mulloy makes his point concisely and convincingly.


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