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Knife in the Water

Roman Polanski

 
Knife in the Water (Criterion DVD)

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  • Poland
  • 1962
  • 94 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Polish
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  • Spine #215

Roman Polanski’s first feature is a brilliant psychological thriller that many critics still consider among his greatest work. The story is simple, yet the implications of its characters’ emotions and actions are profound. When a young hitchhiker joins a couple on a weekend yacht trip, psychological warfare breaks out as the two men compete for the woman’s attention. A storm forces the small crew below deck, and tension builds to a violent climax. With stinging dialogue and a mercilessly probing camera, Polanski creates a disturbing study of fear, humiliation, sexuality, and aggression. This remarkable directorial debut won Polanski worldwide acclaim, a place on the cover of Time, and his first Oscar nomination.

Disc Features

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New high-definition digital transfer
  • Video interview with director Roman Polanski and co-screenwriter, Jerzy Skolimowski
  • Collection of Roman Polanski’s short films from 1957-1962, including: Murder, Teeth Smile, Break Up the Dance, Two Men and a Wardrobe, The Lamp, When Angels Fall, The Fat and the Lean, and Mammals
  • A collection of rare publicity and production stills
  • English subtitle translation by Roman Polanski

    Cover based on a theatrical poster

Film Essays

Knife in the Water

By Peter Cowie September 29, 2003

Andrzej Wajda dominated Polish cinema during the late fifties with his trilogy of films concerning the occupation of Poland during World War II. Still a young director, he was able to capture . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Knife in the Water

By Roman Polanski June 12, 1991

From Mr. Polanski’s 1984 autobiography, Roman, published by William Morrow and Company. Knife in the Water started out as a straightforward thriller: a couple aboard a small yacht take on a . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

Knife in the Water

By Peter Cowie September 29, 2003

Andrzej Wajda dominated Polish cinema during the late fifties with his trilogy of films concerning the occupation of Poland during World War II. Still a young director, he was able to capture . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Knife in the Water

By Roman Polanski June 12, 1991

From Mr. Polanski’s 1984 autobiography, Roman, published by William Morrow and Company. Knife in the Water started out as a straightforward thriller: a couple aboard a small yacht take on a . . . Read more »