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Venus in Fur (Roman Polanski, 2013)

“Roman Polanski’s Venus in Fur is a deceptively simple two-hander. Superficially, the film seems to unfold as a textbook study of role reversal (that staple of the psychodrama) in the tragicomic mode.” Read my whole review of Polanski’s perversely engrossing … Continue reading

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Tess (Roman Polanski, 1979)

“Tragedy has never looked more ravishing than in Roman Polanski’s elegiac epic. Criterion’s stunning Blu-ray transfer does complete justice to every frame of its pictorial grandeur, while also serving up a heaping helping of instructive special features.” Read my entire … Continue reading

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The Tenant (Roman Polanski, 1979)

“In The Tenant, estrangement is as much psychological state as sociopolitical category. From the start, the inhabitants of the apartment house treat Trelkovsky like an outsider, an unwanted incursion into their body politic. Indeed, the film explicitly aligns residential politics … Continue reading

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Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974)

“Forgetting Chinatown will be exceedingly difficult with this stunning new Blu-ray transfer from Paramount, brimming over with a tidal pool of extras, even if they aren’t necessarily new to this edition.” Read my review of the Blu-ray release of Chinatown, … Continue reading

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Essential Killing (Jerzy Skolimowski, 2010)

“Stark and stripped-down, Jerzy Skolomowski’s Essential Killing is a fatalistic fable eschewing the political in favor of the existential, now available in a fittingly barebones DVD package from New Video.” Read my review of Essential Killing, an essential new film … Continue reading

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Capsule Reviews: May 30 – June 2

A Generation (Andrzej Wajda, 1955) – 3/5 Kanal (Andrzej Wajda, 1957) – 5/5 Ashes and Diamonds (Andrzej Wajda, 1958) – 5/5 A Generation – the first installment in Andrzej Wajda’s War Trilogy – portrays the experiences of an idealistic young … Continue reading

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Capsule Reviews: April 23 – 30

I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968) – 4/5 Paul Mazursky’s screenwriting debut tells the uproarious story of a square Jewish lawyer Harold Fine (Peter Sellers) who tunes in, turns on and drops out with hippie Leigh Taylor-Young. Mazursky uses … Continue reading

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