Cul-de-Sac (Polanski, 1966): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 6.30pm This film is screening as part of the Roman Polanski season at BFI Southbank. Details here.
Chicago Reader review:
'Roman Polanski's second British film (Repulsion was the first) is
a mean little absurdist comedy (1966) set on a remote Northumberland
island; it's also one of the best and purest of all his works. An odd
couple (Donald Pleasence and Francoise Dorleac) living in an isolated
castle find their world invaded by two doomed gangsters on the run
(Lionel Stander and Jack MacGowran), and the ensuing standoffs are
funny, cruel, disquieting, and unpredictable, especially after various
other unwelcome guests turn up. Stander is especially good—this may be
the definitive performance of the blacklisted gravel-voiced character
actor, best known for his 30s and 40s work. With Robert Dorning and Iain
Quarrier; watch for Jacqueline Bisset as one of the guests.'
Here is the trailer.