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The Tenant (1976)

Le locataire (original title)
A bureaucrat rents a Paris apartment where he finds himself drawn into a rabbit hole of dangerous paranoia.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Madame Gaderian
Husband at the accident
Neighbor (as Claude Pieplu)
Georges Badar
Romain Bouteille ...
Jacques Monod ...
Patrice Alexsandre ...
Jean-Pierre Bagot ...
Office Worker
Scope's Neighbor


In Paris, the shy bureaucrat Trelkovsky rents an old apartment without bathroom where the previous tenant, the Egyptologist Simone Choule, committed suicide. The unfriendly concierge (Shelley Winters) and the tough landlord Mr. Zy establish stringent rules of behavior and Trelkovsky feels ridden by his neighbors. Meanwhile he visits Simone in the hospital and befriends her girlfriend Stella. After the death of Simone, Trelkovsky feels obsessed for her and believes his landlord and neighbors are plotting a scheme to force him to also commit suicide. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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26 May 1976 (France)  »

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According to the 3rd December 1975 edition of show-business trade paper 'Variety' the period of principal photography on this picture had a production shoot length of fourteen weeks. See more »


When Trelkovsky is unpacking as he moves into the apartment, a crew member is reflected in the small mirror adjacent to the kitchen sink. Two crew members are then reflected in the armoire's mirror as Trelkovsky opens it. See more »


Trelkovsky: You want me to do it again? I shall do it again! You did not like it the first time.
Trelkovsky: Simone Choule does not disappoint!
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The film has no end credits; only the Paramount logo. See more »


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Le Locataire
Written and Performed by Philippe Sarde Et Orchestre
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The Art Of Terror
9 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

Meek, tiny, almost insignificant. Polanski finds the invisibility of his characters and makes something enormous out of it. In front and behind the camera he creates one of the most uncomfortable masterpieces I had the pleasure to see and see and see again. It never let's me down. People, even people who know me pretty well, thought/think there was/is something wrong with me, based on my attraction, or I should say, devotion for "Le Locataire" They may be right, I don't know but there is something irresistibly enthralling within Polanski's darkness and I haven't even mentioned the humor. The mystery surrounding the apartment and the previous tenant, the mystery that takes over him and, naturally, us, me. That building populated by great old Academy Award winners: Melvyn Douglas, Shelley Winters, Jo Van Fleet, Lila Kedrova. For anyone who loves movies, this is compulsory viewing. One, two, three, many, many viewings.

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