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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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Monsieur Zy
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Madame Dioz
Bernard Fresson ...
Scope
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Madame Gaderian
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Husband at the accident
Claude Piéplu ...
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Georges Badar
Romain Bouteille ...
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Jacques Monod ...
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Patrice Alexsandre ...
Robert
Jean-Pierre Bagot ...
Policeman
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Office Worker
Michel Blanc ...
Scope's Neighbor
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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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Although Roman Polanski plays the leading role in the film, he is given no screen credit as an actor. See more »

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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 »

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Trelkovsky: If you cut off my head, what would I say... Me and my head, or me and my body? What right has my head to call itself me?
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The film has no end credits; only the Paramount logo. See more »

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Solitude
Written and Performed by Philippe Sarde Et Orchestre
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A Kafkaesque thriller of alienation and paranoia
12 February 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A Kafkaesque thriller of alienation and paranoia. Extremely well done and Polanski performs well as the diffident introvert trying hard to adapt to his dingy Paris lodgings and his fellow lodgers. Horrifying early on because of the seeming mean and self obsessed fellow tenants and horrifying later on as he develops his defences which will ultimately be his undoing. Personally I could have done without the cross dressing element but I accept the nod to Psycho and the fact that it had some logic, bearing in mind the storyline. Nevertheless it could have worked without and would have removed the slightly theatrical element, but then maybe that was intended because the courtyard certainly seems to take on the look of a theatre at the end. I can't help feel that there are more than a few of the director's own feelings of not being a 'real' Frenchman and Jewish to boot. Still, there is plenty to enjoy here including a fine performance from a gorgeous looking Isabelle Adjani and good old Shelly Winters is as reliable as ever.


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