The Office

Urzad, 1966, 5 min.

The Office (1966)


Director Krzysztof Kieslowski
Screenplay Krzysztof Kieslowski
Cinematography Lechoslaw Trzechowski


A very interesting attempt to go beyond imposed filmic and social schemas. Shot with a hidden camera at the counter of the (state-owned) Social Security office, this satire on bureaucracy and clerical soullessness is right on target. A queue forms in front of the counter window and the clerk repeats the question: “What have you done in your lifetime?” Image and original sound have an equal dramaturgical function.