The Roman Polanski Collection

  |  Buy to Own: 25/08/2003
  |  285 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC


Box set featuring three of director Roman Polanski's intense psychological films from the 1960s. In 'Knife in the Water' (1962) a successful sportswriter and his wife invite a strange young boy to join them on their sailboat. The husband, jealous of the boy's youth, continually provokes him, chiding him for his lack of prowess, in swimming and sailing. However, the tense atmosphere on board comes to a head when, during a quarrel, the husband flings the boy's pocket knife into the water. The boy jumps in to retrieve it, but does not re-surface. In 'Repulsion' (1965), Polanski's first English-language feature, a young Belgian woman (Catherine Deneuve) is left alone in a Kensington apartment when her sister goes away. She becomes increasingly unstable, experiencing hallucinations which have their roots in her fear of male sexuality. When two aggressive men turn up, her tortured nightmares spill into real life violence. Whilst in 'Cul de Sac' (1966) George (Donald Pleasence) and Teresa (Francoise Dorleac) are an eccentric couple who have retreated to an island off the northeast coast of Britain, where they live in a large, dank castle. Their isolated existence is disrupted when the island is visited by two gangsters. The box set also includes a selection of Polanski's short films from the 1960s.