When mostly unseen work from one of our best living filmmakers makes its way online, you better damn give it your free time. That, today, is the case for Roman Polanski — maybe one of the best directors to ever step behind a camera, still-breathing or otherwise — as Cinephilia & Beyond have provided a video which collects three early shorts, all of which hint at his future thematic interests. (They’re even a fun watch, too.)
Presented here are the silent, black-and-white works Murder, Teeth Smile, Two Men and a Wardrobe, and The Lamp. The first’s use of color-free apartment spaces spiced with violence should instantly get you in the mood to watch Repulsion; the second’s mix of voyeurism and humor brought to mind his absolutely insane thriller Bitter Moon (even though there’s nothing in this “story” which serves as an echo); the third’s a good preview of the slapstick comedy he’d come to exploit more fully in more than a few instances (my favorites are The Fearless Vampire Killers and Frantic); and the final entry is about a creator who ends up destroying his own work. When it comes to any auteurist connections between self-destruction and Polanski, one has their pick of the litter.
Watch them all below:
Roman Polanski will return to theaters later this year, when we can expect a release of his stage adaptation Venus in Fur.
Are these an interesting peek into what Polanski would tackle later in his career? Did you enjoy them as is?
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