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‘Rosemary’s Baby’ is a classic of unseen dread

20 October 2014 5:34 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Rosemary’s Baby

Directed by Roman Polanski

United States, 1968

Roman Polanski’s first foray into real, genre horror is a classic of mostly unseen dread.

Featuring a closely-coiffed Mia Farrow as the soft-spoken, childlike Rosemary Woodhouse, potential mother to the devil; John Cassavetes, post-Shadows, and just about to truly kick off his great directorial run; and the inimitable Ruth Gordan as a sort of Grace Zabriskie-precursor: the creepy neighbor next door, heavily made-up and eerily meddlesome, Rosemary’s Baby picks up the paranoid thread of 1965’s Repulsion. The film also anticipates the similarly – though more political – claustrophobic suspicion of Alan Pakula’s 1970’s films.

Like Repulsion Polanski puts a slender, nymph-like female at the center of the narrative, though Rosemary is endowed with more power than Catherine Deneuve’s Carol. Unlike his earlier film, Polanski externalizes the baleful forces and makes them realer. The strength of Rosemary’s »

- Neal Dhand

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‘Knife in the Water’ anticipates Roman Polanski’s creeping dread

13 October 2014 7:40 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Knife in the Water

Directed by Roman Polanski

Poland, 1962

Certainly a stretch to categorize as horror, Roman Polanski’s debut feature anticipates the creeping dread and tense blocking that will characterize his later, truer films of the genre.

Husband and wife Andrzej (Leon Niemczyk) and Krystyna (Jolanta Umecka) pick up a young hitchhiker (Zygmunt Malanowicz) on their way to a sailing outing. The young man joins them on the water and tensions rise among the three as the men jockey for power.

Coming after a number of murky, eerie shorts – including 1957’s grim A Murder – Knife in Water is Lifeboat meets Dead Calm but with Polanski’s signature brooding unease rather than overt, textbook suspense or violence. Repulsion, Rosemary’s Baby, and The Tenant make up the director’s “Apartment Trilogy,” and though Knife in Water is almost exclusively on open water it may as well mark the beginning of a “Claustrophobia Quadrilogy. »

- Neal Dhand

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Watch: Roman Polanski Talks Making 'Macbeth,' Shakespeare Adaptations & More In Criterion Collection Feature

9 October 2014 10:25 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Few directors have touched the level of quality achieved by Roman Polanski in the last half-century of cinema, In spite of his, shall we say, tainted reputation. The man whose life was marred by a childhood spent in Nazi-occupied Poland, the murder of his wife Sharon Tate and his notorious rape case and subsequent exile has also given us some of the most memorable films of all time, including “Knife in the Water,” “Rosemary’s Baby,” and “Chinatown" among others. One of Polanski’s most overlooked and visually ravishing pictures is his adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy “Macbeth.” The film —an uncharacteristically violent and grim period piece— was released in the aftermath of his wife’s gruesome murder and has since been lovingly restored by the great folks at Criterion, who have also commissioned stellar releases of many of Polanski’s cruel, darkly amusing early films (“Cul de Sac,” “Repulsion »

- Nicholas Laskin

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Fantastic Fest 2014: The Babadook – The Review

6 October 2014 1:04 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

On the surface, The Babadook is about a mysterious children’s book character that come to life to haunt a mother and her child. The dark creature almost has no distinguishable characteristics aside from a ghastly grin, long, sharp fingers and a top hat. It may sound like a straightforward idea but it is writer and director Jennifer Kent’s handling of the material that makes this film so memorable. The Babadook may be the scariest horror film of the year, but at the same time it is so much more. Beneath the slow-building dread lies a classic tale of a woman coming to terms with her own demons. Depression, regret, and life as a single mother are all examined in a thoughtful manner that elevates the film to a Polanski level of horror – especially in a way that recalls Catherine Deneuve in Repulsion or Mia Farrow in Rosemary’S Baby. »

- Michael Haffner

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New on Video: ‘Macbeth’

30 September 2014 3:23 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Macbeth

Written by Roman Polanski and Kenneth Tynan

Directed by Roman Polanski

UK, 1971

Following the success of Rosemary’s Baby in 1968, and prior to what is arguably still his greatest film, Chinatown (1974), Roman Polanski made three curious filmmaking choices. One was the international coproduction and rarely discussed What? (1972), one was the racing documentary Weekend of a Champion (1972), and the third, which actually came before these two, was Macbeth (1971). It is obviously not that a Shakespearean adaptation in itself is unusual, but rather that it so seemingly diverted from the films that were garnering the young Polanski his worldwide acclaim: taut thrillers like The Knife in the Water (1962), Repulsion (1965), Cul-De-Sac (1966), and Rosemary’s Baby. Yet in Macbeth, there are a number of characteristic Polanski touches — in story and style — harkening back to these previous works and in many ways pointing toward those to come.

Don’t be fooled by the Playboy »

- Jeremy Carr

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Ones Below begins shoot with Poesy, Morrissey

30 September 2014 3:16 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

David Farr’s psychological thriller starts shooting with Clemence Poesy, David Morrissey, Stephen Campbell Moore and Laura Birn.

Principal photography has started in London on David Farr’s directorial debut The Ones Below.

The psychological thriller is about two affluent couples living above and below each other, with both wives expecting babies. A tragic accident throws the couples into “a nightmare of psychological terror.”

The cast is led by Clemence Poesy, David Morrissey, Stephen Campbell Moore and Laura Birn.

Farr is the screenwriter of Hanna and a veteran of theatre including as artistic director of The Gate, Bristol Old Vic and Lyric Hammersmith and associate director of The Royal Shakespeare Company.

Nikki Parrott produces for Cuba Pictures in association with Tigerlily Films.  Executive producers are Dixie Linder with Nick Marston and Ben Hall of Cuba Pictures, Christine Langan and Joe Oppenheimer for BBC Films with Lizzie Francke as the lead executive for the BFI. The film is »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Ones Below begins shoot with Poesy, Morrisey

30 September 2014 3:16 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

David Farr’s psychological thriller starts shooting with Clemence Poesy, David Morrisey, Stephen Campbell Moore and Laura Birn.

Principal photography has started in London on David Farr’s directorial debut The Ones Below.

The psychological thriller is about two affluent couples living above and below each other, with both wives expecting babies. A tragic accident throws the couples into “a nightmare of psychological terror.”

The cast is led by Clemence Poesy, David Morrisey, Stephen Campbell Moore and Laura Birn.

Farr is the screenwriter of Hanna and a veteran of theatre including as artistic director of The Gate, Bristol Old Vic and Lyric Hammersmith and associate director of The Royal Shakespeare Company.

Nikki Parrott produces for Cuba Pictures in association with Tigerlily Films.  Executive producers are Dixie Linder with Nick Marston and Ben Hall of Cuba Pictures, Christine Langan and Joe Oppenheimer for BBC Films with Lizzie Francke as the lead executive for the BFI. The film is »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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The Ones Below kicks off with Poesy, Morrisey

30 September 2014 3:16 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

David Farr’s psychological thriller starts shooting with Clemence Poesy, David Morrisey, Stephen Campbell Moore and Laura Birn.

Principal photography has started in London on David Farr’s directorial debut The Ones Below.

The psychological thriller is about two affluent couples living above and below each other, with both wives expecting babies. A tragic accident throws the couples into “a nightmare of psychological terror.”

The cast is led by Clemence Poesy [pictured], David Morrisey, Stephen Campbell Moore and Laura Birn.

Farr is the screenwriter of Hanna and a veteran of theatre including as artistic director of The Gate, Bristol Old Vic and Lyric Hammersmith and associate director of The Royal Shakespeare Company.

Nikki Parrott produces for Cuba Pictures in association with Tigerlily Films.  Executive producers are Dixie Linder with Nick Marston and Ben Hall of Cuba Pictures, Christine Langan and Joe Oppenheimer for BBC Films with Lizzie Francke as the lead executive for the BFI. The film is »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Watch: Trailer for 'The Babadook,' One of 2014's Best Horrors

26 September 2014 11:49 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

In this nerve-ratcheting haunted house tale by way of Roman Polanski's "Repulsion," Essie Davis gives a breakthrough performance as a woman struggling to cope with-- and even love -- her disturbed six-year-old son. What begins as a gloomy mother-son drama with etchings of "We Need to Talk About Kevin" goes horrifically bat-shit after he opens a creepy children's book portending doom and bloodshed for both of them. And that's all I'll say. Watch the official Us trailer below. This 2014 Sundance knockout most recently picked up a bevy of prizes at Fantastic Fest. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Catherine Deneuve for lifetime achievement, masterclass with Christopher Doyle at Mumbai Film Festival

17 September 2014 5:59 AM, PDT | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

Acclaimed French actor Catherine Deneuve, known for her iconic roles in films such as Repulsion (1965), Belle de Jour (1967) and Tristana (1970), and more recently in Dancer in the Dark (2000) and 8 Women (2002), will be conferred with the Lifetime Achievement award at the 16th Mumbai Film Festival. The festival will screen a selection of her movies as a tribute.

Side bar events of the festival include master classes by internationally acclaimed cinematographer Christopher Doyle, of Paranoid Park, Lady in the water, Psycho, In the Mood for love and Chunking Express; and noted director and writer Mahamat Saleh Haroun known for his films, Girgis, Bye Bye Africa, A Screaming Man.

Chaitanya Tamhane’s Venice “Lion of the future” winner Court is the only Indian film in international competition. The India Gold competition will showcase films like Avinash Arun’s Killa, Bikas Mishra’s Chauranga, Venu’s Munnariyippu, Dr. Biju’s Names Unknown and Vivek Wagh’s Siddhant. »

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Elisabeth Moss & Alex Ross Perry Are on the Same Page; Reteam for Polanski Influenced “Queen of Earth”

30 July 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Making it a double casting mention type of day in the trades, after being added to Reed Morano’s Meadowland, Elisabeth Moss will also be reuniting with Alex Ross Perry on a project that harkens to the tune of mid-sixties Roman Polanski. While we await the mention of a female co-lead, Queen of Earth is being described as a psychological thriller a la Repulsion and Rosemary’s Baby and according to THR has Joe Swanberg on board to produce. Perry is currently on the fest circuit with Listen Up Philip — showings in Locarno and Next Fest are set for August.

Gist: This centers on two women who retreat to a beach house to get a break from the pressures of the outside world, only to realize how disconnected from each other they have become, allowing their suspicions to bleed into reality.

Worth Noting: Perry recently reteamed with helmer Bob Byington on 7 Chinese Brothers. »

- Eric Lavallee

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Locarno to honour Roman Polanski

28 July 2014 4:13 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Director Roman Polanski to hold a public masterclass at Swiss festival.

Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski, accompanied by his wife and actress Emmanuelle Seigner, is to be a guest of honour at the 67th Locarno Film Festival (Aug 6-16), where he will give a public talk about film.

As well as the masterclass with young filmmakers of the Locarno Summer Academy and public on Aug 15, Polanski will receive a special award from the festival.

He will also introduce a screening of Venus in Fur alongside actress Seigner on Aug 14 on the Piazza Grande.

The director, actor, producer and screenwriter is best known for features includes Repulsion (1965), Rosemary’s Baby (1968), Chinatown (1974) and The Pianist (2002), for which he won the Oscar for best director.

Locarno artistic director Carlo Chatrian said: “Roman Polanski’s films have been a regular feature of my trajectory as a filmgoer - making me laugh, shiver, think, and be emotionally moved.

“It has been »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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The Definitive Foreign Language Horror Films: 20-11

25 July 2014 6:41 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

In an odd turn of events, this list has a number of films that don’t have English-language titles. They just go by whatever the original title was. Good for us. What we do see in this portion of the list is a few movies that weren’t really created specifically to be horror films, but their themes and visuals made it so. In addition, we have some heavyweights of non-horror cinema creating horror films that push the genre all the more upward. “Thinking man horror,” if you will.

20. Le locataire (1976)

English Language Title: The Tenant

Directed by: Roman Polanski

Roman Polanski has made one of the greatest horror “trilogies” of all time with 1965′s British production Repulsion, 1968′s American production Rosemary’s Baby, and 1976′s French production The Tenant, completing his “Apartment Trilogy.” Unlike the other two, Polanski actually stars in The Tenant as Trelkovsky, a reserved man renting an apartment in Paris. »

- Joshua Gaul

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Venus In Fur – The Review

17 July 2014 3:38 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Venus In Fur is from American playwright David Ives’ Tony Award-winning play, a two-character S&M tale set in New York. Now comes the film version, which is set in Paris and is in French. C’est quoi ce bordel? It’s the latest movie directed by 80-year old perv Roman Polanksi who has cast his pretty 46-year old French wife Emmanuelle Seigner in the lead. Venus In Fur is a kinky backstage tango that never quite sizzles, but it’s still an entertaining and often funny riff on the issues of sex and power. I just wish it had been filmed in English.

Venus In Fur opens with stage writer-director Thomas (Mathieu Amalric) alone in a Paris theater after a long day of auditioning actresses for his new play, an adaptation of an 18th century erotic tale that explores the explosive relationship between a domineering mistress and her submissive male subject/slave. »

- Tom Stockman

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Catherine Deneuve to head Dinard jury

4 July 2014 5:07 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

French film star to be president of the Dinard British Film Festival’s 25th edition.

The Dinard British Film Festival (Oct 8-12) has named French film star Catherine Deneuve as its President of the competition jury for its 25th edition.

Deneuve, best known for her roles in Belle du Jour and Repulsion and more recently François Ozon’s Potiche, has more than 100 film credits to her name.  Her breakthrough role was in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg in 1964 and she went on to work with directors including Francois Truffaut, Luis Buñuel and Roman Polanski.

Deneuve was nominated for an Oscar in 1993 for her performance in Indochine. She won César Awards for Indochine and The Last Metro (1980). She has also appeared in several English-language films such as 1983 cult classic The Hunger. In 2008, she appeared in her 100th film, Un conte de Noël.

The 70-year-old actress won the lifetime achievement award from the European Film Academy last December. Her last film »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Catherine Deneuve to Preside Over Dinard Fest’s Jury

4 July 2014 4:04 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– French star Catherine Deneuve will serve as president of the 25th Dinard British Film Festival’s competition jury.

Best known for her roles in “Belle du Jour” and “Repulsion,” Deneuve has more than 100 film credits to her name.  She broke through with “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” in 1964 and went on to work with some of cinema’s greatest directors including Francois Truffaut and Luis Buñuel.

Deneuve follows in the footsteps of  Eric Cantona – who was joined by jury members including Actress Alice Eve, Actor Toby Jones, Academy Award winning producer David Parfitt, Actor Michael Smiley, Screenwriter Natalie Carter, Director Fred Cavayé, Actor Hippolyte Girardot, and Director/screenwriter Amanda Sthers.

The Dinard British Film Festival runs from 8-12 October in Dinard, in the French region of Brittany.

 

 

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- Elsa Keslassy

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Best Criterion Titles to Buy During Barnes & Noble's 50% Off Sale

30 June 2014 3:54 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Barnes & Noble has just kicked off their 50% off Criterion sale and while it's impossible to suggest titles that will suit everyone looking to beef up their collection at this perfect time of year, I will do my best to offer some suggestions. Let's get to it... My Absolute First Pick I am almost done going through this collection and it was a collection I got for Christmas under these exact circumstances. Typically priced at $224.99, you can now get this amazing set of 25 Zatoichi films for only $112. Box sets, in my opinion, are what sales like this were made for. Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman Next Ten Recommendations It isn't easy so this is a collection of just some of my favorite films (of all-time and within the collection) and a little variety, though pretty much my standard, go to Criterion first picks, especially if you are just starting out. Persona Breathless »

- Brad Brevet

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The Films of Roman Polanski, Ranked Worst to Best

18 June 2014 8:01 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Few directors have had a greater impact on modern horror or arthouse thrillers than Roman Polanski. His films range from the sprawl of "Chinatown" to the deep claustrophobia of "Repulsion," but almost all of them retain the same fractured worldview, the same darkly absurdist sense of humor, and the same focus on power plays. The controversy about Polanski's real-life crimes sometimes overshadow his films, but he remains a vital and important director in his sixth decade as a filmmaker. In anticipation of his latest, "Venus in Fur," which opens this Friday, here's a ranking of his films, from worst to best. Read More: 'Venus in Fur' Director Roman Polanski at Cannes: 'I've lived long enough to know I can direct.' 20. "What?" (1972) Indiewire's own Eric Kohn made a pretty good case for "What?" as something other than a sickening id upchuck. I wish I could do the same. Filmed in »

- Max O'Connell

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A Look Back at the Cannes Palme D’Or Winners from the 60s: ‘The Umbrellas of Cherbourg’

14 May 2014 9:38 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

Written and directed by Jacques Demy

France, 1964

Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Busby Berkeley, Vincente Minnelli, Arthur Freed: names synonymous with the movie musical. Missing from this standard list is a key contributor to the form, the French director Jacques Demy. Perhaps part of the reason for his widespread unfamiliarity, even to those who adore the genre, is that Demy only directed a handful of musicals in his entire career. It’s also likely that the musical is simply thought of as an American type of movie, and therefore, “foreign” practitioners don’t quite warrant similar attention. In either case, Demy did amplify the genre with at least two major works, one of them the recipient of the Palme d’Or at the 1964 Cannes Film Festival. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, which also received four Academy Award nominations (at least some American love there), is not just an exceptional musical, »

- Jeremy Carr

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Icons’ Guide To Must Own Record Store Day ’14 Releases!

18 April 2014 5:03 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

The celebratory day of vinyl is upon us once more: Record Store Day 2014 is packed with some groovy releases from soundtrack kings Death Waltz Records, One Way Static, Mondo, and more! We’ve assembled a list of all the records you should be seeking out tomorrow, so check those out below!

The Last House On The LeftDavid Hess

One Way Static Records

12″ Picture Disc – Limited To 1,500

One Way Static’s first foray into records was a comprehensive release (now out-of-print) of Wes Craven’s The Last House On The Left. Composed by Krug himself, David Hess, One Way Static are giving those who may have missed out another chance with a limited picture disc edition, that comes loaded with liner notes. Speaking as someone who spins Hess’ musical contribution on a weekly basis, I can safely say this is an essential purchase.

ParanormanJon Brion

Mondo

12″ Glow in the »

- Justin Edwards

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