Combustible Celluloid
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With: Roman Polanski, Isabelle Adjani, Melvyn Douglas, Jo Van Fleet
Written by: Gerard Brach, Roman Polanski, based on a novel by Roland Topor
Directed by: Roman Polanski
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 125
Date: 05/26/1976

The Tenant (1976)

4 Stars (out of 4)

Dwell in Hell

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

The Tenant is one of Roman Polanski'sgreatest and darkest films, even more so considering he cast himselfin the lead role, effectively putting himself through hell. A timidclerk rents a Paris apartment formerly occupied by a suicide victim andhe slowly goes mad, finding teeth embedded in the wall and trying on thedead girl's clothes. At times we believe that the neighbors aretormenting him or that the dead girl is somehow haunting the room. Somescenes are so subtly psychotic that you may not quite realize howanxious you are until the final fadeout.

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