Roman Polanski

Cul-de-sac

Cul-de-sac

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 Donald Pleasence and Françoise Dorléac star as a withdrawn couple whose isolated house is invaded by a rude, burly American gangster on the run, played by Lionel Stander.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.

Film Info

  • Roman Polanski
  • United Kingdom
  • 1966
  • 112 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.66:1
  • English
  • Spine #577

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • 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

Purchase Options

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • 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

Cul-de-sac
Cast
Donald Pleasence
George
Françoise Dorléac
Teresa
Lionel Stander
Richard
Jack MacGowran
Albie
Iain Quarrier
Christopher
Geoffrey Sumner
Christopher’s father
Renee Houston
Christopher’s mother
Robert Dorning
Philip Fairweather
Marie Kean
Marie
William Franklyn
Cecil
Jacqueline Bisset
Jacqueline
Trevor Delaney
Horace
Credits
Director
Roman Polanski
Producer
Gene Gutowski
Original screenplay
Roman Polanski
Original screenplay
Gérard Brach
Executive producer
Sam Waynberg
Music
Krzysztof Komeda
Cinematography
Gilbert Taylor
Production design
Voytek
Editing
Alastair McIntyre
Production supervisor
Robert Sterne

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