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Cul-de-Sac

Sunday, January 13, 2019

35mm Print


Roman Polanski’s bleak and brutal comedy starts with an American gangster (Lionel Stander) and his gut-shot partner (Jack McGowan) seeking refuge after a botched robbery with a meek Englishman (Donald Pleasance) and his sexy French wife (Françoise Dorléac), who live in an isolated castle. The movie then becomes a hostage drama, a quasi-sex farce and a study of contrasting social classes and world views, each scene weirder than the next. Beloved by Sopranos creator David Chase for its pitch-black sense of humor, Cul-de-Sac is also a timeless portrait of small-minded people tearing into each other instead of facing themselves—a feast of dysfunction worthy of Livia herself. Introduced by Matt Zoller Seitz.


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  • Country UK
  • Year 1966
  • Running Time 113 minutes
  • Director Roman Polanski
  • Writer Roman Polanski, Gerard Brach
  • Editor Alastair McIntyre
  • Cinematographer Gilbert Taylor
  • Cast Donald Pleasence, Francoise Dorleac, Lionel Stander, Jack MacGowran, Iain Quarrier