Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 5: Sat Jan 5

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.'
Jonathan Rosenabum

Here is the trailer.

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