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
How could he escape from his nightmares?
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Did You Know?
According to his biographer Neil Sinyard, British director Jack Clayton originally planned to film 'The Tenant' ca. 1970 for Universal, but this never came to fruition. He returned to the project while preparing to make 'The Great Gatsby' (1974), believing it would be a good follow-up movie, and hopeful that it would be the first of a proposed three-picture deal with Paramount (which never eventuated). Unfortunately, while Clayton was tied up doing post-production work on Gatbsy, Paramount boss Barry Diller reviewed the project, arbitrarily assumed that Clayton was no longer interested. Diller then handed the film on to Roman Polanski without consulting Clayton, who angrily phoned Diller to express his dismay at the fact that a project which Paramount had bought for him had been handed to another director without consultation. This marked the second time that Clayton had fallen foul of Diller - a couple of years earlier, while Clayton was preparing another pet project, a screen version of Ray Bradbury's 'Something Wicked This Way Comes', it was abruptly canceled by Diller, even though the studio had already approved the script for production. The normally mild-mannered Clayton later admitted in a 1987 interview with the Los Angeles Times that he was so enraged by Diller's action that he put his fist through a window in the Paramount offices. 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
I am not Simone Choule!
The film has no end credits; only the Paramount logo. See more