Over the next two weeks, the Bryn Mawr Film Institute will present a series called Fatal Vision: The Cinema of Roman Polanski, Pt.1, highlighting Polanski’s early European art films and timed to complement a film studies course of the same name in progress at the Pennsylvania college. First, the institute will screen the controversial director’s evocative 1966 film Cul-de-sac. Starring Donald Pleasence and Françoise Dorléac, as a neurotic man and his commanding young wife, the macabre comedy-thriller centers on the anarchic absurdity that ensues when the couple’s isolated country home is invaded by an American gangster. See Polanski’s black-and-white paranoia farce on 35 mm this Monday, then come back the following Monday for the director’s satanic nightmare Rosemary’s Baby. And in the meantime, watch our Three Reasons video for Cul-de-sac.
Two Stark Visions of the American Underbelly Hit the Big Screen
A new restoration of the groundbreaking vérité documentary Streetwise joins its companion piece, Tiny: the Life of Eric Blackwell, at New York’s Metrograph theater this weekend.