Roman Polanski, or pardon me but your poll is in my neck.

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
Chinatown 13
Repulsion 8
Rosemary's Baby 7
Knife in the Water 5
The Tenant 4
The Pianist 3
Pirates 1
Two Men and a Wardrobe 1
Frantic 0
Tess 0
Bitter Moon 0
Death and the Maiden 0
The Ninth Gate 0
What? 0
Macbeth 0
Magical Bicycle 0
A Murderer 0
A Toothful Smile 0
Break Up the Dance 0
The Lamp 0
When Angels Fall 0
The Fat and the Lean 0
Mammals 0
Cul-de-Sac 0
The Fearless Vampire Killers 0
Oliver Twist 0


Eric H., Sunday, 28 September 2008 14:12 (eleven years ago) link

I'll just assume Chinatown takes this with about 90 percent of the vote and focus on what lands place and show.

Eric H., Sunday, 28 September 2008 14:13 (eleven years ago) link

It's been so long since I've seen Chinatown...I'd have to watch it again before I could vote for it. I've only seen six on that list, and of those, I'd vote for Knife in the Water.

I remember really enjoying Frantic. Seems like Harrison Ford's best movies (Frantic, Working Girl, Mosquito Coast) are the ones that get swept under the rug of popular memory.

Radiant Flowering Crab (Rock Hardy), Sunday, 28 September 2008 14:23 (eleven years ago) link

For me it's either Repulsion or The Tenant, I love the surreal/psychological tension of those movies.

Tuomas, Sunday, 28 September 2008 14:42 (eleven years ago) link

that's the same two i came down to. voted for the tenant.

tipsy mothra, Sunday, 28 September 2008 14:43 (eleven years ago) link

Frantic has one of the best premises ever for a thriller (Ford's wife walks out of their hotel room in France and just vanishes, and he isn't really able to convince the authorities that something has happened to her), but unfortunately it gets more formulaic towards the end.

Tuomas, Sunday, 28 September 2008 14:47 (eleven years ago) link

Rosemary's Baby. I saw it in June again and, again, I thought it was the funniest, scariest horror film ever. Alarmingly well-cast too.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Sunday, 28 September 2008 15:00 (eleven years ago) link

^ Rosemary's Baby is the shit.

Still, my vote goes to Chinatown.

Brosef Stalin (latebloomer), Sunday, 28 September 2008 15:16 (eleven years ago) link

I'm torn between the apartment trilogy. It might end up I compromise vote on Bitter Moon.

Eric H., Sunday, 28 September 2008 20:52 (eleven years ago) link

I saw that in the theatre; I was so relieved when most of the audience treated it as a comedy.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Sunday, 28 September 2008 20:53 (eleven years ago) link

How could it not be a comedy?

Eric H., Sunday, 28 September 2008 21:14 (eleven years ago) link

Not too familiar with Polanski's work, but Rosemary's Baby is probably my second or third fav movie.

Ivan, Sunday, 28 September 2008 21:38 (eleven years ago) link

how many of you have seen Pirates?

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Sunday, 28 September 2008 21:42 (eleven years ago) link

That's one I've skipped up until now.

Eric H., Sunday, 28 September 2008 21:57 (eleven years ago) link

the scores of his movies are so great in and of themselves. i mean ...the opening notes to RB that i think were covered by Fantomas - wow. also chinatown's is of course so well-known now that we cant imagine a noir world without it

Vichitravirya_XI, Sunday, 28 September 2008 22:10 (eleven years ago) link

Tenant.

fields of salmon, Monday, 29 September 2008 00:09 (eleven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 15 October 2008 23:01 (eleven years ago) link

too many of these I still haven't seen, I'm going to vote for Repulsion

akm, Wednesday, 15 October 2008 23:03 (eleven years ago) link

I think I voted for Repulsion. Not seen anything pre-Knife and everything post-Tenant has uh problems.

Alex in SF, Wednesday, 15 October 2008 23:05 (eleven years ago) link

i like the johnny depp one.

akm, Wednesday, 15 October 2008 23:18 (eleven years ago) link

Ninth Gate (I should really scroll up to figure out what I'm talking about before posting). Death and Maiden was very good as well. Obviously neither of these are up to Repulsion/Rosemary's Baby standards; in fact, I'd say that very-obvious-Polanski-rip-off film "Birth" is better than those.

akm, Wednesday, 15 October 2008 23:20 (eleven years ago) link

Some of the post-Tenant stuff is okay (neither of the two you mention I liked much though) but it seriously pales compared to the stuff which preceded it.

Alex in SF, Wednesday, 15 October 2008 23:24 (eleven years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Thursday, 16 October 2008 23:01 (eleven years ago) link

Kind of surprised Chinatown is so loved.

Alex in SF, Thursday, 16 October 2008 23:02 (eleven years ago) link

five months pass...

rosemary's baby is one of my favorites of all-time

Surmounter, Thursday, 19 March 2009 15:21 (eleven years ago) link

Kind of surprised Chinatown is so loved.

― Alex in SF, Friday, October 17, 2008 1:02 AM (5 months ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

er what?

FREE DOM AND ETHAN (special guest stars mark bronson), Thursday, 19 March 2009 15:23 (eleven years ago) link

It's great, but I don't think its his best film by any stretch.

Alex in SF, Thursday, 19 March 2009 15:28 (eleven years ago) link

I voted for Knife in the Water, back in the day. Such a beautiful movie.

I f'd up the word rear (Z S), Thursday, 19 March 2009 15:30 (eleven years ago) link

dvd advice: skip repulsion. the current dvd is pan & scan and looks like shit.

abanana, Thursday, 19 March 2009 15:31 (eleven years ago) link

There isn't a Criterion version of Repulsion? That sucks.

Alex in SF, Thursday, 19 March 2009 15:32 (eleven years ago) link

Kind of surprised Chinatown is so loved.

It does diagnose what's most wrong with America; when it's set, when it was made, now.

Past a Diving Jeter (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 19 March 2009 15:43 (eleven years ago) link

Albacore Insurance Group

Past a Diving Jeter (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 19 March 2009 15:43 (eleven years ago) link

"It does diagnose what's most wrong with America; when it's set, when it was made, now."

I don't think it does that any better than oh let's say Who Framed Roger Rabbit though. Rosemary's Baby is just a better movie IMO. Repulsion too, but I can understand why people couldn't get into that as much.

Alex in SF, Thursday, 19 March 2009 15:47 (eleven years ago) link

I think RB is a solid #2, like everything that got votes cept Pirates and
Two Men and a Wardrobe (unseen). Preferred Tess to FVK but it's been awhile.

Past a Diving Jeter (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 19 March 2009 15:49 (eleven years ago) link

FVK is fluffy. It's kind of hard to imagine it being made by the same guy who did the Tenant.

Alex in SF, Thursday, 19 March 2009 15:51 (eleven years ago) link

well, his interest in changing up was a common trait that more current directors w/ talent should investigate. (Wes Anderson, how bout a spy thriller)

oh his Macbeth is one of the 5-6 best Shakespeare films, probably.

Past a Diving Jeter (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 19 March 2009 15:54 (eleven years ago) link

Never actually seen that. I should. Do you count Kurosawa as Shakespeare btw?

Alex in SF, Thursday, 19 March 2009 15:56 (eleven years ago) link

nah, not quite. Goes in the "variations" column with Forbidden Planet.

Past a Diving Jeter (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 19 March 2009 15:59 (eleven years ago) link

I want to hear your top 5-6 then.

Alex in SF, Thursday, 19 March 2009 16:00 (eleven years ago) link

I'm forgetful! Top of the head: Welles' Othello, Olivier's Richard III, Polanski, Almereyda's Hamlet, Chimes at Midnight, then maybe Dieterle's A Midsummer's Night Dream, the Soviet Hamlet from the '60s, and Branagh's Henry V.

Past a Diving Jeter (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 19 March 2009 16:08 (eleven years ago) link

Never seen Almereyda's Hamlet. Recall liking Branagh's quite a bit, plus it reminds you that the actual play is long long long (there is a Northrop Frye line about the play being so long cuz no one ever shuts the fuck in it.) Taymor's Titus is good for a very minor play. Can't argue with the first two at all though, Welles and Olivier are stone classics.

Alex in SF, Thursday, 19 March 2009 16:12 (eleven years ago) link

Richard III might be the funniest of the tragedies too.

Past a Diving Jeter (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 19 March 2009 16:14 (eleven years ago) link

ooh yeah Polanski's MacBeth is fantastic. vividly remember watching it in high school English

Roberto Mussolini (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 19 March 2009 16:33 (eleven years ago) link

Welle's Othello also somewhere near the top, Morbz has a good list there

Roberto Mussolini (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 19 March 2009 16:33 (eleven years ago) link

all the film versions of macbeth i've seen are good -- kurosawa's is my fav kurosawa, welles's is great and bizarre (like "caligari" filmed on a star trek set), and polanski's is just a brilliant realization of the play, probably the best polanski i've seen after repulsion and RB.

morb's list would be close to mine (though i haven't seen the soviet hamlet yet -- according to imdb it's called "gamlet"!!), with chimes easily taking top honors.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Thursday, 19 March 2009 21:57 (eleven years ago) link

Welles' Macbeth >>>> Polanski's Macbeth >>>> Welles' Othello

The Screaming Lobster of Challops (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 19 March 2009 22:03 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah -- Chimes at Midnight and the William Richert-Keanu Reeves bits in My Own Private Idaho are my favorite screen Shakespeares.

The Screaming Lobster of Challops (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 19 March 2009 22:03 (eleven years ago) link

No Keanu Reeves bits are my favorite anything.

Alex in SF, Thursday, 19 March 2009 22:04 (eleven years ago) link

the William Richert-Keanu Reeves bits in My Own Private Idaho are my favorite screen Shakespeare.

you've said this before and I am nonetheless still alarmed at your toleration for this terribly misguided claptrap. I don't think Keanu even understands a single line he says in that movie.

Roberto Mussolini (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 19 March 2009 22:05 (eleven years ago) link

haha x-post

Roberto Mussolini (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 19 March 2009 22:05 (eleven years ago) link

lol "PC"

caek, Monday, 27 May 2013 17:04 (seven years ago) link

Roman Polan-C

Not Simone Choule (Eric H.), Monday, 27 May 2013 17:05 (seven years ago) link

PC now apparently defined as considering the opinions of a statutory rapist on a woman's reproductive rights beneath contempt. Okay, well, ya got me! Guilty as charged!! [flees to Europe]

media conglomerates are pedaling the same product (stevie), Monday, 27 May 2013 17:16 (seven years ago) link

basically film-festival "journalists" now play Gotcha Grandpa with every asshole auteur over 75.

Eric:

http://gawker.com/shut-the-fuck-up-already-jerry-lewis-509518070

ballin' from Maine to Mexico (Dr Morbius), Monday, 27 May 2013 17:53 (seven years ago) link

Before you judge, wait til you read his thoughts on Mariah Carey.

And critics/journalists/bloggers have been dumping on aged auteurs' late-period efforts since the beginning of time and there's no reason to think that's ever going to change. And I use "efforts" generously for a man who hasn't directed a movie in 30 years.

And Jerry Lewis IS an asshole!

Not Simone Choule (Eric H.), Monday, 27 May 2013 18:04 (seven years ago) link

Or you wouldn't like him.

Not Simone Choule (Eric H.), Monday, 27 May 2013 18:04 (seven years ago) link

why can't broads do broad comedy?

crüt, Monday, 27 May 2013 18:06 (seven years ago) link

Why does only he who slaps dick dig slapstick?

Not Simone Choule (Eric H.), Monday, 27 May 2013 18:11 (seven years ago) link

I'm a fan of all sorts of assholes, Lewis, Bob Hope, and Prince included.

(a good followup to Lewis wd be to ask him where his films woulda been w/out Kathleen Freeman et al)

ballin' from Maine to Mexico (Dr Morbius), Monday, 27 May 2013 18:19 (seven years ago) link

Or even this bit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5MpO9grPpk

Not Simone Choule (Eric H.), Monday, 27 May 2013 18:23 (seven years ago) link

Which was maybe already posted on the Jer thread. I can't remember.

Not Simone Choule (Eric H.), Monday, 27 May 2013 18:23 (seven years ago) link

polanskicoccygeus

how's life, Monday, 27 May 2013 19:42 (seven years ago) link

eleven months pass...

The new looks really interesting, was reading about it this morning.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 24 May 2014 13:17 (six years ago) link

four weeks pass...

If anyone's willing to drive me to the reservoir and stick a rubber knife in my nostril, i'd be game

http://la.curbed.com/archives/2014/06/the_ultimate_chinatown_filming_location_map_of_los_angeles.php

son of a lewd monk (Dr Morbius), Monday, 23 June 2014 21:03 (five years ago) link

Sure.

rubber

Oh, no deal.

Cronk's Not Cronk (Eric H.), Monday, 23 June 2014 21:11 (five years ago) link

tsk tsk

Gould's apt in The Long Goodbye is a lot closer to my hotel

son of a lewd monk (Dr Morbius), Monday, 23 June 2014 21:44 (five years ago) link

yer too tall to wield that switchblade anyway, kittycat.

son of a lewd monk (Dr Morbius), Monday, 23 June 2014 21:49 (five years ago) link

three months pass...

if you haven't seen Macbeth yet, get on it

http://www.criterion.com/current/posts/3303-macbeth-something-wicked

son of a lewd monk (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 25 September 2014 14:36 (five years ago) link

Dooooooope.

fields of salmon, Friday, 26 September 2014 00:31 (five years ago) link

two months pass...

Venus in Fur is pretty good if familiar. Maybe the best part he's given his spouse.

Beware, lots of "opinions on women" implicit in it.

things lose meaning over time (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 20 December 2014 18:27 (five years ago) link

Watching carnage tonight

Οὖτις, Saturday, 20 December 2014 19:03 (five years ago) link

people watch this slimebag's movies?

The Understated Twee Hotel On A Mountain (silby), Saturday, 20 December 2014 23:21 (five years ago) link

I think so

tl;dr, gukbar, morbis detrius (wins), Saturday, 20 December 2014 23:36 (five years ago) link

Let me check just to be sure

tl;dr, gukbar, morbis detrius (wins), Saturday, 20 December 2014 23:36 (five years ago) link

Yep

tl;dr, gukbar, morbis detrius (wins), Saturday, 20 December 2014 23:36 (five years ago) link

Omg apparently he won an academy award - do people know about this?

tl;dr, gukbar, morbis detrius (wins), Saturday, 20 December 2014 23:42 (five years ago) link

All movies are made by slimeballs

Οὖτις, Saturday, 20 December 2014 23:42 (five years ago) link

It's in the union bylaws

Οὖτις, Saturday, 20 December 2014 23:43 (five years ago) link

Every movie production must feature at least 25% slimebag produced content

Οὖτις, Saturday, 20 December 2014 23:43 (five years ago) link

Thought that was only in Canada

The Understated Twee Hotel On A Mountain (silby), Saturday, 20 December 2014 23:44 (five years ago) link

"All movies are made by slimeballs"

Sitcoms, too.

nickn, Sunday, 21 December 2014 00:17 (five years ago) link

Carnage was ok. Foster overracting a bit much, and since all you have in this kind of movie is the acting, when one of the four actors is distracting it becomes a bigger problem than it might otherwise be. Winslet's character seemed underdeveloped compared to the other three. Waltz and O'Reilly are great, deliver some much-needed laughs.

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 23 December 2014 16:19 (five years ago) link

Liked Foster, bcuz I haven't even bothered to see much she's in the last 15 years, and that is a scarcely exaggerated Park Slope Parent, really.

Venus in Fur is both superficially "stagier" and more cinematic.

things lose meaning over time (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 23 December 2014 16:30 (five years ago) link

there was just so much vein-popping straining going on w her

my wife's review: "I'm glad we don't live in New York" lol

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 23 December 2014 16:32 (five years ago) link

two years pass...

My list and comments.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 12 August 2017 02:17 (two years ago) link

Oh my, The Tenant is an easy second behind the obvious winner.

I have unwatched copies of The Pianist and Tess (not to mention Oliver Twist) that I should get around to someday.

Say, I Heard You Had a Quarrel With Your Best Girl (Old Lunch), Saturday, 12 August 2017 02:22 (two years ago) link

I have good-ish memories of Bitter Moon and Death and the Maiden. Anyone seen them lately?

the general theme of STUFF (cryptosicko), Saturday, 12 August 2017 03:58 (two years ago) link

I thought Frantic was terrific but only saw it once, on release. I'd like to see it again.

WilliamC, Saturday, 12 August 2017 12:23 (two years ago) link

...an opinion I've already put in this thread. I need to remember, "just quit posting."

WilliamC, Saturday, 12 August 2017 12:25 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

From the Criterion Daily:

Back in August, a woman identified only as Robin became the third woman to accuse Roman Polanski of sexual assault after Samantha Geimer and Charlotte Lewis. On October 3, two days before the New York Times blew the Harvey Weinstein scandal wide open, a fourth woman, Renate Langer, accused Polanski of raping her in 1972 when she was fifteen. Last week, Marianne Barnard became the fifth woman to come forward and, as Martha Ross reports for the Mercury News, her call to have Polanski expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been met with considerable support.

Whatever the outcome, films such as Rosemary’s Baby (1968) and Chinatown (1974) will endure, even if the context in which they’re viewed now or in the future evolves. The Cinémathèque française will present its Roman Polanski retrospective from October 30 through December 3, and Polanski, now eighty-four, will evidently carry on working. He’s “returned to Poland for the first time since the country's top court rejected a U.S. extradition request last year to shoot a documentary about his life in wartime Krakow,” according to Nick Holdsworth in the Hollywood Reporter. Polanski, Horowitz (working title) will be “about his childhood and youth in the southern Polish city with his longtime friend, the photographer Ryszard Horowitz.” The AP notes that they’ve specifically visited “the site of the former ghetto where he was held as a child by the German Nazis. His mother was taken from there to her death at Auschwitz, and later his father made him flee the ghetto.”

Relevant links here:

https://www.criterion.com/current/posts/5058-the-daily-in-the-works-polanski-cuaron-and-more

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Friday, 20 October 2017 15:17 (two years ago) link

seven months pass...

Just seen Tess and I think it's my favorite, really beautiful, glad I didn't pass on it. Tenant is probably my second.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Sunday, 3 June 2018 13:30 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

for a debut feature-length film, Knife in the Water is outstanding

Dan S, Sunday, 30 December 2018 23:22 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

This has been out since February, but I just stumbled over it last week.

http://www.amazon.ca/Big-Goodbye-Chinatown-Years-Hollywood-ebook/dp/B07QSPPLQQ

Waiting for the price to come down, will certainly read it then.

clemenza, Friday, 22 May 2020 03:47 (five days ago) link

Just finished it a couple weeks ago, and while I think the author sometimes presumptively gets inside his protagonists' heads in a way that kind of turned me off, and while its denouement is a little sharper than I'd hoped for, it's not merely the love letter to New Hollywood the subtitle suggests.

Vegemite Is My Grrl (Eric H.), Friday, 22 May 2020 13:56 (five days ago) link

tragic he’s not dead yet

no (Left), Friday, 22 May 2020 14:13 (five days ago) link

He will be. His films will go on, so you'll have to come to terms with that.

(xpost) I don't think I have any illusions about that period. I'm sure the Peter Biskind book barely touched on the horrible stuff that went on off-camera (if that's what you mean). And as I've said many times, the more self-indulgent films of the era are almost unwatchable by any standard except repeated exposure to them at a young age (i.e., why I can still watch, say, Save the Tiger).

clemenza, Friday, 22 May 2020 16:11 (five days ago) link

I will watch a Roman Polanski movie no sooner than the day he dies, I decided quite some time ago.

silby, Friday, 22 May 2020 16:49 (five days ago) link

i read that book, it was fairly interesting but the writing was frustratingly florid

na (NA), Friday, 22 May 2020 17:07 (five days ago) link

(xpost) Intrigued by the marker; I would have thought that people are either okay with watching his films or not okay with that, regardless of the timing.

clemenza, Friday, 22 May 2020 17:28 (five days ago) link

(xp) yeah, I think that's kinda where I was trying to go with the bit about needlessly inserting himself into the mindset of the players

Vegemite Is My Grrl (Eric H.), Friday, 22 May 2020 17:32 (five days ago) link


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