Polanskis Cul De Sac + Movie Cool

Fri 29 April 2005 // 00:00

(Roman Polanski / 1966 / UK / 111mins / Cert 15)
(fri 29th / midnite / £4/3)

Before being seduced by Robert Evans and the American studio system of the early-1970s, Roman Polanski cut his teeth with a series of smaller budget films made in Europe. Of these films, Cul-De-Sac was the project closest to his heart. A claustrophobic look at human relationships pushed to the limit, the film is less domestic drama than absurdist comedy of cruelty. With a little horror thrown in. A wounded criminal and his dying partner take refuge at a beachfront castle. The owners of the castle, a meek Englishman and his willful French wife, are initially the unwilling hosts to the criminals. Quickly, however, the relationships between the criminal, the wife, and the Englishman begin to shift in humorous and bizarre fashion. Featuring a career-best performance from Donald Pleasance, and one of the final screen performances from Catherine Deneuve's sister Francois Dorleac, the film is a perfect slice of late-night terror for the midnight movie crowd.
plus INDEPENDENT EXPOSURE MAYahem with short film MOVIE COOL directed by David Liban. This short film explores the effect that cinema has on its audience. -----------------------------------------------------------------------


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