Cul-de-sac Cul-de-sac


Roman Polanski

Cul-de-sac (Criterion Blu-Ray)


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  • United Kingdom
  • 1966
  • 112 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.66:1
  • English
  • Spine #577

Roman Polanski orchestrates a mental ménage à trois in this slyly absurd tale of paranoia from the director’s golden 1960s period. Donald Pleasence and Françoise Dorléac star as a withdrawn couple whose isolated house is invaded by a rude, burly American gangster on the run, played by Lionel Stander. The three engage in role-playing games of sexual and emotional humiliation. Cul-de-sac is an evocative, claustrophobic, and morbidly funny tale of the modern world in chaos.


GeorgeDonald Pleasence
TeresaFrançoise Dorléac
RichardLionel Stander
AlbieJack MacGowran
ChristopherIain Quarrier
Christopher’s fatherGeoffrey Sumner
Christopher’s motherRenee Houston
Philip FairweatherRobert Dorning
MarieMarie Kean
CecilWilliam Franklyn
JacquelineJacqueline Bisset
HoraceTrevor Delaney


DirectorRoman Polanski
ProducerGene Gutowski
Original screenplayRoman Polanski and Gérard Brach
Executive producerSam Waynberg
MusicKrzysztof Komeda
CinematographyGilbert Taylor
Production designVoytek
EditingAlastair McIntyre
Production supervisorRobert Sterne

Disc Features


  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Roman Polanski, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Two Gangsters and an Island, a 2003 documentary about the making of Cul-de-sac, featuring interviews with Polanski, producer Gene Gutowski, and cinematographer Gilbert Taylor
  • Television interview with Polanski from 1967
  • Theatrical trailers
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film critic David Thompson

    New cover by Eric Skillman


Press Notes

Press Notes: Cul-de-sac

August 29, 2011

“Roman Polanski’s status as a world-class filmmaker of deep, epic regard is entrenched, but . . . Read more »

Chef du Cinema

Chef du Cinema: Cul-de-sac

By Ron DeutschAugust 25, 2011

bonne femme, à la [bohn FEHM, bohn FAM] Literally translated as “good wife,” the term bonne . . . Read more »


Three of a Kind

August 19, 2011

Cul-de-sac poster, design for Polish release by Jan Lenica. Read more »


Cul-de-sac: High Tides

By David ThompsonAugust 16, 2011

“It is my best film. I always loved it. I always believed in it. It is real cinema, done for . . . Read more »

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Cul-de-sac (Criterion DVD)


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