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  • Actors: Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry, John Fraser, Yvonne Furneaux, Patrick Wymark
  • Directors: Roman Polanski
  • Writers: Roman Polanski, David Stone, Gérard Brach
  • Producers: Gene Gutowski, Michael Klinger, Robert Sterne, Sam Waynberg
  • Format: Black & White, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Release Date: July 28 2009
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0026VBOJ2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,303 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Roman Polanski was still a newcomer to the world of cinema when he unleashed this unforgettable exercise in skin-crawling terror. Repulsion was the Polish director's first film in English, but that hardly mattered: much of the movie is as wordless (and as weird) as the silent Nosferatu. The young Catherine Deneuve plays a Belgian girl stranded in '60s London, a shy beauty with no social skills. When her sister leaves their shared flat, Deneuve goes gradually, quietly, completely mad. Her world becomes Polanski's paintbox, as the devilish director distorts reality via a series of surrealistic touches (grasping hands that protrude from elastic walls) and out-and-out murderous horror. Very few films cast the kind of eerie spell that this 1965 classic achieves, and it clearly points the way toward Polanski's Rosemary's Baby. As with most of the director's work, what is unsettling is not the overt violence, but the terrifying sense of emptiness and isolation, and the boiling unease inside one's own mind. --Robert Horton

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 4 2004
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
A wonderful film, but the current video transfer is quite poor; grainy image, and annoying audio hum throughout.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Federov on March 7 2012
Format: Blu-ray
My copy says "Director Approved" and I am ticked off. I saw this film on its initial release in 1965, and the horrific scene of Deneuve crawling on the floor with the rabbit in her hand has stayed in my memory for 45 years. Now that scene is gone, along with the original wrap-up scenes from the film. I'm not going to get overly excited about a DVD but this is not the movie I thought I was buying. At the least, the editors could have included a 'deleted scenes' feature in the extras.
My rating reflects my disappointment. I'm still a fan of Polanski's films.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Win Martin on Nov. 6 2002
Format: VHS Tape
REPULSION is a classic suspense film, worth of watching over and over again to capture all its subtleties. However, this specific tape is of such poor quality that watching the film is almost impossible. The video is smeary and indistinct, but worst of all the sound is so muffled that nearly all of the dialogue is rendered unintelligible. Please see this film; however, make sure you don't make the mistake I did of renting/buying this edition.
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Roman Polanski's tale of a young woman's descent into insanity. Catherine Deneuve plays Carol, a Belgian woman living in London with her older sister. Her sister is Carol's tenuous attachment to reality. Carol teeters on the edge of insanity from the beginning of the movie and when her sister leaves town on vacation Carol falls completely into her own world of delusions and hallucinations with her attachment to reality fractured completely.

This is not a "thriller" in the strict sense, it's a psychological study of a troubled young woman who retreats from the real world in order to deal with her past. To me, it seems that the repulsion that Carol feels towards men and towards sex is the result of childhood sexual abuse by a family member. "Repulsion" is a very frightening movie; it shows the fragility of the human mind and how easy it can be for any of us to have the seemingly solid floor beneath us crack asunder.

The look on the face of Carol as a child, shown in a family photo at the very end of the movie, will haunt you for days afterward.
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The film begins with the shot of an eye (of the actor Catherine Deneuve) beginning with the pupil and slowly moving out, and the film ends with a shot of the same eye, albeit taken from a family snapshot of the protagonist as a young girl, which snapshot has been on display on the sideboard in the flat where the psychological breakdown of, and murders committed by, the character occur. There is a famous eye shot in an early silent film involving Salvador Dali where an eye (of a sheep) is cut by a razor. REPULSION too features eyes and razors in abundance. And it is the accumulation of many such details which reveal Mr Polanski's deep knowledge of cinematic art. For example, the three street musicians, and their music, could have walked straight from a Fellini set. The use of wide-angled lenses and the consequent distortions disturbing to the viewer and the brilliant use of chiascuro, shadows, light used as sculpture, and the long corridors of light and dark suggest German expressionist cinema in the tradition of "Dr Caligari". As well the masterful use of SOUND including that by jazz musician Chico Hamilton is quite powerful. For example, the attack by the protagonist, dressed in her nightgown, slashing at the man with another man's cut-throat razor is given incredible power by the drumming of Mr Hamilton and is an interesting comparison with the screeching violins of Bernard Hermann in the shower scene in Psycho. Or the weird arco bass and shimmering cymbals when the ceiling cracks before her very eyes. Otherwise, ordinary sounds, such as the nearby bells in a convent, dripping tap water, a clock, flies, become a tintinnabulation of horror. Not a film to see alone. Do not watch if having suffered any mental illness however minor.Read more ›
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Format: VHS Tape
Perhaps not one of the widely viewed horror films of the 1960s and certainly not as famous as Polanski's later Rosemary's Baby, Repulsion is nevertheless a crowning achievement in the psychological thriller canon and a masterpiece from the young Czech. Few directors have delved into the study of emptiness and isolation with such penetration and success as Polanski has here. Despite some patchy dialogue(this was Polanski's first english film) and a snails pace for the most part Repulsion is a challenging and important study of a nightmare reality of alienation and virginity which will manifest itself as violence.
In a stunning naturalistic performace, Catherine Deneuve skillfully brings out all the complexities of such a character- her perfectly subtle performace providing both eerie discomfort and eliciting terror and sympathy from the audience. Polanski's direction is also key. His camera effortless creates tension and mood; especially in the silent scenes where the director acts as a voyeur, eavesdropping into Deneuve's painful lack of options and increasing vulnerabily. Like Rosemary's Baby three years later, Repulsion doesn't resort to cheap shock tactics and meaningless scenes of terror- the effect is consquently rewarding and original.
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