The Fearless Roman Polanski

The Fearless Roman Polanski

Friday, June 13 - Thursday, June 19, 2014

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Roman Polanski emerged from overwhelming adversity during World War II to become one of contemporary cinema’s greatest filmmakers. After attending Poland’s famed Lodz Film School, his first feature (and international sensation) KNIFE IN THE WATER established Polanski’s distinct mastery in combining claustrophobic horror, mounting dread and pitch-black comedy. It’s a quality that marks all his films, from European favorites (REPULSION) to New Hollywood classics (CHINATOWN, ROSEMARY’S BABY) through his rich later work (THE GHOST WRITER, the new VENUS IN FUR). We’re thrilled to present this comprehensive retrospective of Polanski’s films, covering an astonishing career that spans nearly six decades, a host of countries and a multitude of genres.


Bitter Moon

Bitter Moon

Wednesday, June 18 - Thursday, June 19, 2014
High-definition digital projection "[Polanski's] most emotionally complex movie. With its American, English, and French characters representing the three cultures Polanski has known... more...



Chinatown

Chinatown

Friday, June 13 - Thursday, June 19, 2014
DCP projection "The hard-boiled private eye coolly strolls a few steps ahead of the audience. The slapstick detective gets everything wrong and then pratfalls first over the finish... more...



Cul-de-Sac

Cul-de-Sac

Sunday, June 15 - Thursday, June 19, 2014
35mm print "Roman Polanski's second British film (Repulsion was the first) is a mean little absurdist comedy (1966) set on a remote Northumberland island; it's also one of... more...



Death and the Maiden

Death and the Maiden

Tuesday, June 17, 2014
35mm print "In a newly democratised South American country, Escobar (Stuart Wilson) heads a commission investigating the abuse of political prisoners. One such prisoner was his wife... more...



The Fearless Vampire Killers

The Fearless Vampire Killers

Friday, June 13 - Wednesday, June 18, 2014
DCP projection "Subtitled Pardon Me, but Your Teeth Are in My Neck, and also known as Dance of the Vampires, Roman Polanski's macabre send-up of the vampire movie... more...



Frantic

Frantic

Monday, June 16 - Thursday, June 19, 2014
35mm print "Funny and unsettling... Dr Walker (Harrison Ford) checks into a Paris hotel with his wife (Betty Buckley) to attend a conference. She has collected the wrong suitcase at... more...



The Ghost Writer

The Ghost Writer

Tuesday, June 17 - Wednesday, June 18, 2014
DCP projection "A well-made, sleekly retaliatory, pleasurably paranoid tale in praise of enterprising (and also brave) investigative journalists and in condemnation of political skulduggery... more...



Knife in the Water

Knife in the Water

Sunday, June 15 - Thursday, June 19, 2014
High-definition digital projection "Polanski's first feature, a model of economic, imaginative film-making which, in many ways, he has hardly improved upon since. The story is simplicity... more...



Macbeth

Macbeth

Saturday, June 14 - Tuesday, June 17, 2014
35mm print "The opening shot of a yellow, withering moonscape stretching away to infinity -- revealed to be a desolate sea-shore on which the three witches proceed to the ritual burial... more...



Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

Saturday, June 14, 2014
35mm print "As a novel, Oliver Twist is episodic and often sentimental, especially in its wish-fulfilment ending – all too easy to serve up as saccharine ‘family-friendly’... more...



The Pianist

The Pianist

Saturday, June 14 - Thursday, June 19, 2014
DCP projection "Roman Polanski, who as a child survived the Krakow ghetto, directed this Cannes Palme d'Or winner based on the 1946 memoir of Polish-Jewish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman.... more...



Polanski Short Films

Polanski Short Films

Thursday, June 19, 2014
A collection of Polanski’s short films from 1957-1962, including: Murder, Teeth Smile, Break Up the Dance, Two Men and a Wardrobe, The Lamp, When Angels... more...



Repulsion

Repulsion

Friday, June 13 - Monday, June 16, 2014
35mm print "Roman Polanski's first film in English (1965) is still his scariest and most disturbing—not only for its evocations of sexual panic, but also because his masterful employment... more...



Rosemary’s Baby

Rosemary’s Baby

Friday, June 13 - Wednesday, June 18, 2014
DCP projection "A supremely intelligent and convincing adaptation of Ira Levin's Satanist thriller. About a woman who believes herself impregnated by the Devil (in the guise of her... more...



The Tenant

The Tenant

Friday, June 13 - Wednesday, June 18, 2014
35mm print "Polanski stars as Trelkovsky, a Polish-born French citizen who moves into an apartment whose previous tenant committed suicide. Over the course of the film, Trelkovsky comes... more...



Tess

Tess

Friday, June 13 - Sunday, June 15, 2014
DCP projection -- new 4k restoration "Roman Polanski's lush, sympathetic 1979 adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles (1891), a saga of a proud, innocent... more...



Venus in Fur

Venus in Fur

Friday, June 20 - Thursday, July 24, 2014
Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) stars as Thomas, a stage director auditioning a new female lead: a woman who takes a man as her slave. But when the volatile and erotic Vanda... more...



Weekend of a Champion

Weekend of a Champion

Tuesday, June 17 - Thursday, June 19, 2014
DCP projection -- new digital restoration Produced by Roman Polanski, WEEKEND OF A CHAMPION was a sidebar project made by the legendary filmmaker between Rosemary’s... more...





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