Sunday, 30 December 2012

Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 4: Fri Jan 4

Repulsion (Polanski, 1965): BFI Southbank, NFT2: 2.30pm & NFT1: 6.10pm
This film is part of the Roman Polanski season (details here) and is on an extended run until Jan 31.

If you want to read an excellent long review and reappraisal of the film look no further than David Jenkins' piece in Little White Lies magazine here.

Chicago Reader review:
'Roman Polanski's first film in English (1965) is still his scariest and most disturbing—not only for its evocations of sexual panic, but also because his masterful employment of sound puts the audience's imagination to work in numerous ways. Catherine Deneuve gives an impressive performance as a quiet and quietly mad beautician living with her older sister in London and terrified of men. When the sister and her boyfriend take off on a holiday, her fears and her isolation in the apartment are allowed to fester along with the uncooked food, with increasingly violent and macabre results. As narrative this works only part of the time, and as case study it may occasionally seem too pat, but as subjective nightmare it's a stunning piece of filmmaking.'
Jonathan Rosenabum

Here is the trailer.

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