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The Tenant (Widescreen) (Bilingual) [Import]

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  • Actors: Roman Polanski, Isabelle Adjani, Melvyn Douglas, Jo Van Fleet, Bernard Fresson
  • Directors: Roman Polanski
  • Writers: Roman Polanski, Gérard Brach, Roland Topor
  • Producers: Alain Sarde, Andrew Braunsberg, Hercules Bellville
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Paramount
  • Release Date: July 1 2003
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000069I09
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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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Polanski's reputation precedes him and perhaps this is why his films seems very difficult to find, particularly some of the older ones. You never know what to expect with a Polanski film as his style is not predictable as, for example, with Hitchcock.

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.
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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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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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I recieved this DVD for my birthday last year, and had it sitting on the shelf for a quite a while. Finally one night I put it in after getting tired of watching predictable movies and got to see one of Polanski's finest attempts at making an original mystery come to life. All I knew is that it was going to be a "psychological thriller" and that he had just made CHINATOWN a year before. I was amazed to see what he had accomplished with this story. Polanski stars in it as a new tenant who moves into an apartment building with some of the weirdest and most intriguing characters I've seen in cinema. Great acting from all of them; it makes me convinced that these people exist somewhere, if not right next to me. Polanski's talent at slowly bringing in audiences to a story is certainly impressive. Once the audience is in, the film twists completely and it becomes a roller coaster racing all over the place. We are desperately trying to hold on as he takes us on a journey on how he is seeing these people through his mind. With Isabelle Adjanti acting out a strange role other than her "sad and beautiful" typical characters, I found myself appreciating her acting more than ever. The imagery in this film is some of the best I've seen, and the music makes it a work of art. There were times where I would play a scene over and over again because of the mix of music and visuals. When the film is over, it made me want to see it again because as usual, Polanski leaves the audience with letting US decide what really happened. The key to watching this film is letting yourself fall into what he showing you---not trying to predict what will happen...because you won't believe the final outcome.
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Not much to add to any of this, except two things: One - I would just like to say that this is a COMEDY!! Two - having seen this once on VHS, I thought just for the hell of it I would try watching the French dub on the off chance that it would be the one made for the French first-run release. It is, and let me tell you, folks - the social humor that comes off as rather heavy-handed in the English version becomes subtle, muted and sardonic. The regional Parisian colloquialisms immeasurably enhance the film's atmosphere and authenticity. Sure, there are American actors in the film, we don't get to hear their voices, but that's all right as Polanski gives a fine rendition of his role in French and the actors dubbing the rest of the cast acquit themselves extraordinarily well. I am nominally a purist about foreign language dubs as a rule - meaning I don't watch them as they generally vitiate the unique character of a film. However, "The Tenant" is a French film in all but the particulars of its completion and release for American audiences. It used a French studio, French actors and technicians, and is thusly as sharp an evocation of the damp, mouldy side of Paris as has ever been seen in pictures. For these reasons, the French dub seems to me to improve on the original - superb as that track is, don't get me wrong. But I hope you won't just take my word for it - to see "The Tenant" in French is a unique viewing experience.
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