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The Tenant ()

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

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Trelkovsky
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Stella
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Monsieur Zy
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Madame Dioz
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Scope
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Madame Gaderian
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Husband at the accident
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Neighbor (as Claude Pieplu)
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Georges Badar
Romain Bouteille ...
Simon
Jacques Monod ...
Cafe Owner
Patrice Alexsandre ...
Robert
Jean-Pierre Bagot ...
Policeman
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Office Worker
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Scope's Neighbor
Florence Blot ...
Madame Zy
Louba Guertchikoff ...
Wife at accident (as Louba Chazel)
Jacques Chevalier ...
Patron
Jacky Cohen ...
Stella's Friend
David Gabison ...
Witness at accident (as Alain David)
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Bar Waiter (as Bernard Donnadieu)
Alain Frérot ...
Begger (as Alain Frerot)
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Priest
Eva Ionesco ...
Bettina - Madame Gaderian's daughter
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Office Clerk
Héléna Manson ...
Head Nurse
Maïté Nahyr ...
Lucille
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Cafe Waiter
Gérard Pereira ...
Drunk
Dominique Poulange ...
Simone Choule
Arlette Reinerg ...
Tramp
Jacques Rosny ...
Jean-Claude
Serge Spira ...
Philippe
Vanessa Vaylord ...
Martine
François Viaur ...
Police Sergeant
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The Concierge
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Neighbor (uncredited)
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Bruce Lee (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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Peeping tom (uncredited)
Philippe Sarde ...
Man staring at Trelkovsky in the movie theatre (uncredited)

Directed by

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Roman Polanski

Written by

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Roland Topor ... (novel)
 
Gérard Brach ... (screenplay) &
Roman Polanski ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Hercules Bellville ... executive producer
Andrew Braunsberg ... producer
Alain Sarde ... associate producer

Music by

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Philippe Sarde

Cinematography by

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Sven Nykvist ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Françoise Bonnot

Editorial Department

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Jacques Audiard ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Catherine Vernoux

Production Design by

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Pierre Guffroy

Art Direction by

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Claude Moesching
Albert Rajau

Costume Design by

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Jacques Schmidt

Makeup Department

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Didier Lavergne ... makeup artist
Ludovic Paris ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Alain Depardieu ... unit manager
Yves Marin ... unit manager
Marc Maurette ... production manager
Juliette Toutain ... unit manager
Lindsley Parsons Jr. ... executive production manager: Paramount (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jean-Jacques Aublanc ... second assistant director
Marc Grunebaum ... assistant director
Jean-Pierre Poussin ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Raymond Lemoigne ... property master
Eric Simon ... set dresser

Sound Department

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Michèle Boëhm ... sound editor (as Michèle Boehm)
Louis Gimel ... boom operator
Jean Nény ... sound re-recordist
Jean-Pierre Ruh ... sound mixer

Visual Effects by

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Jean Fouchet ... optical effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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François Catonné ... assistant camera (as François Catonne)
Bruno de Keyzer ... assistant camera (as Bruno de Keyser)
Jean Harnois ... camera operator
Bernard Prim ... still photographer

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Mimi Gayo ... wardrobe

Music Department

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Hubert Rostaing ... conductor
Carlo Savina ... conductor
William Flageollet ... score mixer (uncredited)

Other crew

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Walter Alford ... unit publicist
Sylvette Baudrot ... continuity
Josée Bénabent-Loiseau ... press attache (as Josée Bénabent)
Simone Escoffier ... production secretary
Robert Rietty ... dialogue director
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines No one does it to you like Roman Polanski. See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Tenant (United States)
  • The Tenant (World-wide, English title)
  • Der Mieter (Germany)
  • El quimérico inquilino (Spain)
  • Ο ένοικος (Greece)
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Runtime
  • 126 min
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Aspect Ratio
  • 1.66 : 1 (intended ratio) (theatrical ratio, Europe)
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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross $5,132,555

Did You Know?

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Trivia Along with Repulsion (1965) and Rosemary's Baby (1968) this film is part of a loose trilogy by Roman Polanski dealing with the horrors faced by apartment and city dwellers. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Sensation (1994). See more »
Soundtracks Cour D'Immeuble See more »
Crazy Credits The film has no end credits; only the Paramount logo. See more »
Quotes 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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