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The Tenant (Widescreen)

Roman Polanski , Isabelle Adjani , Roman Polanski    R (Restricted)   DVD
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After the triumph of Chinatown, Roman Polanski's The Tenant marked an unsettling return to the horrifying psychodrama of Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby. As in those previous films, Polanski explores a descent into madness with subtle, deliberate pacing and keen attention to accumulating details. Cannily casting himself in the title role, Polanski plays the mild-mannered occupant of a Parisian flat previously rented by a woman who committed suicide by leaping from her upper-floor balcony. The woman's leftover belongings and the harsh attitudes of disapproving neighbors (including Melvin Douglas and Shelley Winters) begin to grate on the new tenant's psyche; his paranoia shifts from simmering anxiety to full-blown psychosis, until fate itself seems to run in a complete, tragically tormenting circle. Polanski masters the material as only he could, and despite some critical drubbing at the time of its release, The Tenant has earned a place among Polanski's finest films. --Jeff Shannon

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3.0 out of 5 stars Weird movie! May 21 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I read the book and then saw the film. I felt rather weirded out by the movie, and really just felt that I was getting some insight into Roman Polanski's true personality, via the character he was playing. At any rate, it made me feel kind of uncomfortable and I don't think the average person would enjoy this movie much, unless they are die-hard Roman Polanski fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing and addictive Nov. 14 2009
By Discboy
Format:DVD
It's inside my head and I can't get it out.

When you watch this one for the first time you think; what the....? But you are compelled to watch it again and again. It is bizarre and creepy and very typical of Roman Polanski. You can feel the madness closing in around you right along with the central character which in this case is played by Roman Polanski himself.

If you liked Rosemary's Baby, I think you will like this one. It isn't nearly as obvious but that is the beauty of it. The more you watch it, the better it gets. And if you live in an apartment, it just might have you looking over your shoulder.

Oh and by the way, and Shelly Winters is great as the miserable old concierge!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Polanski at his best! Dec 13 2006
Format:DVD
The best Polanski film i have seen yet. It's simply brilliant.The acting is realy good.I was stun by the plot but specially by it's spectacular ending.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Tenant March 8 2005
Format:DVD
polanski films should be watched chronologically. the tenant stars polanski and documents his ascent into madness. after taking the flat of a girl who committed suicide, polanski, due to his own isolation and psychosis, begins to question his own sanity and blames it on everone else. the beauty here is that the film never allows the audience know what is real and what is concocted until its climax that, at first, resembles a comedy of errors, but develops into an incredily eerie disposition.
i will have the galouises please, i don't care for marlboro either
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Polanski's best -- but be prepared July 8 2004
Format:DVD
When this film came out in 1976, critical reaction was strongly negative. Only one writer I can recall -- Penelope Gilliatt in the New Yorker magazine -- had the insight to see beyond the general weirdness, focusing on the title character's increasing paranoia and alienation.
The unnerving plot gets underway when Trelkovsky, played disarmingly by Polanski, moves into a creepy Parisian apartment building, into a flat in which the previous tenant committed suicide. Trelkovsky gradually grows suspicious that some of his disgruntled, crabby neighbors would like to see him do the same thing. The outstanding cast includes Melvyn Douglas, Jo Van Fleet, Shelley Winters and Isabelle Adjani, all seemingly having a great time with an utterly mesmerizing story.
The film has high production values, including gorgeous, moody photography by the great Sven Nykvist (who often photographed for Ingmar Bergman), and an appropriately eerie score by Philippe Sarde. The DVD transfer is beautifully clear.
Not everyone will warm up to the bizarre, shocking ending -- and I can't possibly give away any of the details -- but suffice to say that it shows Polanski in a way that few have seen him. For all the attention that "Chinatown" gave this director in 1974, this film, coming two years later, is just about as striking in a completely different vein.
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polanski films should be watched chronologically. the tenant stars polanski and documents his ascent into madness. after taking the flat of a girl who committed suicide, polanski, due to his own isolation and psychosis, begins to question his own sanity and blames it on everone else. the beauty here is that the film never allows the audience know what is real and what is concocted until its climax that, at first, resembles a comedy of errors, but develops into an incredily eerie disposition.
i will have the galouises please, i don't care for marlboro either
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5.0 out of 5 stars Movin' On Up......... May 26 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Original. Witty. Ironic. Creepy. Thoughtful. Detailed. VERY KAFKAESQUE.......For anyone who has ever felt like they had to be quiet when coming or going from their apartment......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece Thriller March 25 2004
Format:DVD
If only today's mainstream horror/thriller movies could be as twisted as this. This movie is bizzare, I didn't really know what to expect from the description of the movie which said the movie was basically about a guy that rents an apartment where the previous occupant commited suicide.
The main thing that drew me to this movie was that it was directed and starred Roman Polanski, who I've always heard good things about, (except for that pedophile incident he had, that's very bad). He plays a man who tries to be good and never means harm to anyone but his world turns upside down as soon as he gets hassled by his annoying neighbors. Later on he'll be lost in his mind, not knowing who to trust, except for his love interest, the friend of the girl that commited suicide which he meets at the hospital. Story, which is based on some novel, is great because it tells you about the tragedy of a man falling victim to an unfair world. You really see and feel how insane he goes with the good story pacing. Not too much freaky stuff was given in the beginning so the movie progressed well, leaving you with more of an impact from the pyschological mess the main character is in.
There's a few humorous parts but it's mostly dark and dramatic. I highly suggest this film for anyone that wants a horror film with depth. There isn't any gore or graphic violence, just a good old freaky story that will keep you on your seat wandering how the main character will react to all his thoughts, assuming you're not too impatient with story's pacing.
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