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The Tenant (Widescreen) (Bilingual) [Import]
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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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I saw this movie many years ago and it will not appeal to all. While parts are slow moving, it is, at no time, boring. It is described as a psychological suspense thriller and it is that indeed and more. It is a journey into one man's mind. This film is a timepiece, dated only by the style of clothing, everyone smoking cigarettes and dial telephones but the issues embraced by the movie are as current today.
This is one of Polanski's epic films.
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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Great movie that I've seen several times, unfortunately I do not own it yet as my order has yet to arrive almost 3 months later.Published 21 months ago by Jason Rowlands
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. Read more
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.Published on Dec 13 2006 by Eric Simard
polanski films should be watched chronologically. the tenant stars polanski and documents his ascent into madness. Read morePublished on March 8 2005 by Ashley Allinson
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... Read morePublished on July 8 2004 by Bruce Hodges
polanski films should be watched chronologically. the tenant stars polanski and documents his ascent into madness. Read morePublished on June 21 2004 by Ashley Allinson
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... Read morePublished on May 25 2004
Roman Polanski plays Monsieur Trelkovsky, and rents the apartment previously lived in by a suicide. He meets her friend, Stella, at the hospital, and subsequently go to Bruce Lee... Read morePublished on May 23 2004 by K. Gittins
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