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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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My rating reflects my disappointment. I'm still a fan of Polanski's films.
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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Arrived in good time and was exactly as was advertised. A++Published on July 16 2014 by Greg Roberts
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But instead of the usual Blu-ray 24fps 1920x1080p (progressive) Full HD, what you get is a 1920x1080i (interlaced)... Read more
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. Read morePublished on June 16 2012 by Daffy Bibliophile
Even on her good days, Carol lives on the edge of sanity; she stares endlessly at sidewalks cracks, feels things crawling on her body, and doesn't respond to people. Read morePublished on Nov. 22 2008 by Kona
Some people talk about the apartment Trilogy ,refering to three of Polanski's films. The Tenant, Rosemary's baby and Repulsion. I think Repulsion is not as good as the other two. Read morePublished on Dec 14 2006 by Eric Simard
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... Read morePublished on Dec 15 2003 by Ian Muldoon
One of the greal psychological horror movies I've ever seen. It raises an interesting question; is the world hell or do we create our own hell??Published on Nov. 6 2003 by Dhaval Vyas