Roman Polanski

Roman Polanski – Le gros et le maigre aka The Fat and the Lean (1961)

A small and thin barefoot slave (played by Polanski) plays a flute and beats a drum to entertain his large master who rocks in a rocking chair in front of his mansion. The slave jumps and leaps like a madman, wipes his master’s brow, feeds him, washes his feet, shades him from the sun with an umbrella and holds a urinal for him. Read More »

Frank Simon & Roman Polanski – Weekend of a Champion (1972)

In 1971, Motor Racing fan Roman Polanski spent a weekend with world champion driver
Jackie Stewart as he attempted to win the Monaco Grand Prix. Polanski was given intimate
access to Stewart’s world for three days, both on the track and off. The result is an
extraordinarily rare glimpse into the life of a gifted athlete at the height of his powers. Forty
years on, Polanski and Stewart meet once again. In a remarkable post-script, they discuss
the sport, both past and present, with a unique and unmatched perspective. Read More »

Roman Polanski – J’accuse AKA An Officer and a Spy (2019)

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In 1894, French Captain Alfred Dreyfus is wrongfully convicted of treason and sentenced to life imprisonment at Devil’s island. Read More »

Roman Polanski – Repulsion (1965)

The first in Roman Polanski’s “Apartment Trilogy” (preceding Rosemary’s Baby and The Tenant), Repulsion is a landmark psychological horror film, whose influence can be seen from Fat Girl to Black Swan.

Carol (Catherine Deneuve) is a meek young woman working in a London beauty salon and living with her sister Helen (Yvonne Furneaux). Carol is classically beautiful, nearly mute, seemingly terrified of men, and progressively suffering from some sort of internal trauma. When Helen and her married lover Michael (Ian Hendry) leave for a holiday, Carol’s issues become violently externalized. Read More »

Roman Polanski – The Tragedy of Macbeth (1971)

A ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord seizes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of witches. Read More »

Roman Polanski – Bitter Moon (1992)

British couple Fiona and Nigel Dobson are sailing to Istanbul en route to India. They encounter a beautiful French woman, and that night Nigel meets her while dancing alone in the ship’s bar. Later he meets her crippled American husband Oscar, who tells him their story. While living in Paris for several years trying to be a writer, he becomes obsessed with a woman he met by chance on a bus. He tracks her down and they start a steamy love affair. Soon Oscar finds himself enslaved body and soul by her love, and continues to tell Nigel the details of this relationship in various stages over a number of visits to Oscar’s cabin. Read More »

Roman Polanski – Lampa aka The Lamp (1959)

In waning winter light, a doll maker works in his shop, a kerosene lamp beside him, a jumble of dolls and doll parts, whole and broken, surrounding him. There are noises, too: a cuckoo clock chirps the workday’s end. The artisan completes a repair and leaves, shuttering the shop from outside. Back inside, whispering begins. What else is in store for the shop’s seemingly lifeless denizens? Read More »