Combustible Celluloid
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With: Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry, John Fraser, Yvonne Furneaux, Patrick Wymark
Written by: Roman Polanski, Gerard Brach, David Stone
Directed by: Roman Polanski
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 104
Date: 05/01/1965

Repulsion (1965)

4 Stars (out of 4)

Solitary Woman

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

This is Roman Polanski's most microscopically focused tale of paranoia, and arguably his greatest achievement. Catherine Deneuve stars as a sexually repressed woman who finds herself alone in a London apartment after her sister and her sister's boyfriend leave for the weekend. She begins to cook up all kinds of bizarre and horrific hallucinations, from hands protruding out of the wall to images of rape and murder. Polanski keeps the viewer in a state of off-kilter madness, so that reality and nightmare blend into a seamless horror-state. This was Polanski's first English-language film, shot beautifully in black-and-white. Polanski has a cameo as a spoon-player.

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