Roman Polanski: Directed By Roman Polanski

  |  Book Tickets: 25/01/2013
  |  Buy to Own: 13/03/2006
  |  Watch Now: 28/02/2013
  |  708 min
Rated 15 by the BBFC


Five films from acclaimed director Roman Polanski. The Oscar-winning feature 'The Pianist' (2002), tells the true story of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman (Adrien Brody) finds work playing in a café; but when his family is deported in 1942, he stays behind, works for a while as a labourer, and eventually goes into hiding in the ruins of the war-torn city. In 'Macbeth' (1971), Jon Finch plays the Scottish nobleman who is pursuaded to usurp the throne after three prophesying witches claim he will be king. Spurred on by his ambitious wife (Francesca Annis), Macbeth plunges the kingdom into a reign of terror as he seizes power. As one murder follows another, however, his own doom beckons. 'The Ninth Gate' (2000) is a supernatural thriller starring Johnny Depp as Dean Corso, a New York bookdealer hired to find the last copies of 'The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows', a manuscript written in collaboration with the Devil. But his search for the books becomes a deadly obsession as he gets involved in theft and conspiracy to murder, not to mention satanic rituals which could reopen the gates of Hell. 'Bitter Moon' (1992) is a study in erotic obsession. En route to Istanbul, up-tight English couple Nigel (Hugh Grant) and Fiona (Kristin Scott-Thomas) meet Oscar (Peter Coyote), a wheelchair-bound American writer, and his young French wife Mimi (Emmanuelle Seigner). Oscar begins telling Nigel tales of his erotic, obsessive and sadistic relationship with Mimi, and Nigel is immediately fascinated. However, when Nigel begins to get involved in the couple's erotic games things take a nasty turn. Finally, 'Tess' (1979) is Polanski's adaptation of Thomas Hardy's 'Tess of the d'Urbervilles'. In 19th century England, a peasant discovers that his family are descendants from a noble family, the d'Urbervilles. He sends his daughter Tess (Nastassja Kinski) to live with a rich cousin, Alec d'Urberville (Leigh Lawson). She has a baby by him but it dies in infancy. Tess then runs away and on the way meets a pastor's son, Angel (Peter Firth), with whom she falls in love and marries. When she tells Angel about her past he is unable to forgive and goes off to Brazil. Tess then goes back to Alec, but when Angel returns home, Tess kills Alec in order to be with the only man she has ever loved, Angel.

Passed '15' for violence, horror and a brief sex scene
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