|Traumatic Rendition: A Roman Polanski
Series is an Egyptian Theatre Exclusive!
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, visionary director Roman Polanski turned out a
seemingly unstoppable series of brilliantly paranoid dramas, thrillers and
blacker-than-black comedies, including ROSEMARYS BABY, CUL-DE-SAC, REPULSION,
THE TENANT, KNIFE IN THE WATER and, arguably his greatest masterpiece, the epochal
L.A. noir CHINATOWN. Despite losing his wife Sharon Tate to a brutal murder by the
Manson Family, and a much-publicized absence from the U.S. due to ongoing criminal issues,
Polanski has managed to weather the tastes of a changing public with nimble intelligence.
The new millennium has proven to be a time of creative triumph for Polanski with the
Oscar-winning THE PIANIST, a dark adaptation of OLIVER TWIST, and this years
critically-lauded and award-winning THE GHOST WRITER.
Please join us for a retrospective of Polanskis work, including THE FEARLESS
VAMPIRE KILLERS and MACBETH.
Official Roman Polanski Website
Thursday, January 27 7:30 PM
Double Feature: KNIFE IN THE WATER, 1962, Janus/Criterion, 94 min.
Director Roman Polanskis debut feature, co-written by Jerzy Skolimowski (DEEP END),
is one of the most claustrophobic, tension-building psychodramas of the 1960s, whittled to
three characters - a husband and wife (Leon Niemczyk, Jolanta Umecka) and the hitchhiker
(Zygmunt Malanowicz) they pick up on their way to a remote lake to go sailing. Once aboard
the yacht, sexual tension rears its ugly head and grows gradually from aggressive
rough-housing to outright violence. Not released until late 1963 in the U.S., the film was
nominated for a 1964 Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar. "
exploration of jealousy, spite and middle-age
creeping tensions and Oedipal
a film whose scenes and themes stick with you." - Andy Jacobs, BBC.
In Polish with English subtitles. [35mm] Trailer
40th Anniversary! MACBETH, 1971, Sony Repertory, 140 min. After several months of
deep depression and grieving over the murder of wife Sharon Tate, Roman Polanski stunned
audiences with his dread-inducing cinematic rendition of the Shakespeare play. Jon Finch
and Francesca Annis star as the ill-fated Macbeths in this vividly atmospheric,
hyperbolically violent classic. With Martin Shaw as Banquo. [35mm] Trailer | Buy Tickets
Friday, January 28 7:30 PM
Double Feature: CHINATOWN,
1974, Paramount, 131 min. Dir. Roman Polanski. Jack Nicholson gives his greatest
performance as 1930s private eye J.J. Gittes, maneuvering through a nightmarish L.A.
netherworld of cheating husbands, stolen water rights, incest and murder, as he
desperately tries to save beautiful Faye Dunaway from her raptor-like father John Huston.
Writer Robert Townes magnificent, labyrinthine portrait of Los Angeles has been
widely hailed as the best script of its era. [35mm] Trailer
THE TENANT, 1976, Paramount, 125 min.
Polanski at his best, and strangest. Here, the director stars in his own film as a
mild-mannered tenant, Trelkovsky, who moves into an apartment where the last inhabitant
committed suicide. He soon comes to suspect that his neighbors - including Isabelle
Adjani, Melvyn Douglas and Jo Van Fleet - have a similar end in mind for him. [DVD] Trailer | Buy Tickets
Saturday, January 29 7:30 PM
Double Feature: REPULSION,
1965, Sony Repertory, 104 min. Director Roman Polanskis second film was his first
shot in English and certifiable proof that he was the new wunderkind of the psychological
suspense thriller, favoring a warped psychology and metaphysical anguish, as well as dark
Bunuelian humor. Here, beautician Catherine Deneuve, pathologically revolted by men, goes
off the deep end when her loving but worldly sister (Yvonne Furneaux) leaves for the
weekend with her boyfriend (Ian Hendry). The men that interact with Deneuve over the
ensuing hours - smitten young John Fraser and lecherous landlord Patrick Wymark -
dont have any idea what theyre in for. Still retains an astonishing wallop and
remains one of Polanskis most intense portraits of irrational fears triumphing in a
climax of abject terror. [35mm] Trailer
New 35mm Print! ROSEMARYS BABY, 1968, Paramount, 136 min.
Dir. Roman Polanski. A young New York couple (Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes) move into a
new apartment building, where theyre quickly befriended by lovable Ruth Gordon and
husband Sidney Blackmer. All is not as it seems, though, and Farrow soon comes to suspect
that her neighbors have truly sinister plans in store for her and her unborn baby. This
eerie supernatural thriller builds shivery atmosphere through each successive scene, right
up until the shattering climax. [35mm] Trailer
Sunday, January 30 7:30 PM
Double Feature: Long Version Archival Print!
CUL-DE-SAC, 1966, MGM Repertory, 111 min. One of
director Roman Polanskis most fascinating and criminally underrated films of the
1960s, CUL-DE-SAC is by turns a surreal black comedy, existential arthouse drama and
twisted thriller set in an isolated mansion cut off from the mainland, where a hen-pecked
husband (Donald Pleasence) and his domineering French wife (the lovely Francoise Dorleac)
are surprised by two fleeing criminals (Lionel Stander and Jack MacGowran). [35mm] Trailer
THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS, 1967,
Warner Bros., 108 min. Roman Polanskis expertly balanced blend of humor and horror
looks even better today than when it was released nearly 40 years ago. Phenomenal
character actor Jack McGowran is perfectly cast as the ancient, screw-loose Professor
Abronsius who, with his harebrained sidekick, Alfred (Polanski, doing double duty) is on
the hunt for vampires in the snowy Carpathian mountains. Their pursuit shifts into high
gear once Alfreds admired-from-afar love interest, the inn-keepers daughter
(Sharon Tate), is kidnapped by the undead Count von Krolock (Ferdy Mayne). With the
beautiful, deeply rich color cinematography of Douglas Slocombe and a memorable score by
brilliant Krzysztof Komeda. [35mm] Trailer |