All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. An easy way of seeing how…
The nightmare world of a virgin's dreams becomes the screen's shocking reality!
Carol, a Belgian manicurist living with her sister, Helen, in a London flat, is simultaneously attracted and repulsed by sex. Carol's awkward feelings towards men are worsened by her sister's affair with a married man. When the pair go away on holiday, leaving Carol alone in the apartment, her moments of catalepsy and hallucination increase and deepen into madness.
There is something uniquely intriguing about watching a talented filmmaker trying to find his footing in one of his first films, especially in a setting where he is in total control, namely the mind of his protagonist.
To me true horror comes in the shape of losing control. This film is about that and it is unrelenting in the terror that Catherine Deneuve suffers through. She is slowly losing her mind and that gradual process is depicted beautifully.
Polanski tenaciously tightens the screws and always keeps you as a viewer unaware when he is going to make a transition from the real world to Deneuve's delusions. These transitions are so smooth that they have a very unsettling effect. What struck…
Roman Polanski would go on to make a number of landmark films that have subsequently proven to be masterpieces in their own right. His first English speaking film Repulsion showcased that talent at the young age of 32 with one of the most haunting depictions of mental illness seen on screen.
Catherine Deneuve, who plays the poor young girl losing her grip on the world around, also deserves similar plaudits for shouldering the demands of the story almost single handedly. The role of Carol is a tough character to depict accurately, a performance that could so easily have been tipped into melodrama by an actress too keen to overact the trauma.
Made for a pittance of £50k, this low budget…
The lengthy opening act of Polanski's Repulsion tells us that Carol, the film's protagonist, is reminded daily of the need to follow society's definition of beauty so she can please the men who whistle after her on the street. At the workplace, a salon, we see the immaterial value of "beauty" as society defines it: a wealthy client requests a certain brand of nail polish in short supply, her boss tells her to use another instead, as "she'll never know the difference." Over lunch, she becomes the unwilling center of the fixated gazes of men. She brushes her hair and scrutinizes herself constantly: she's the spitting image of beauty, yet why is she so inadequate, ignorant, naive? Jealousy colors her…
"The mother of all 'neurotic women' horror movies." Kier-La Janisse, author of House of Psychotic Women.
Been reading a fair bit of this book but keep having to stop myself as I haven't seen enough of the films mentioned within. Particularly some of the more famous and influential ones like Roman Polanski's REPULSION. Thankfully LOVEFilm, and Netflix to a lesser extent, are around these days to help out in such issues.
Catherine Deneuve plays Carol, a very shy girl who we meet as she's managing to hold onto a job in a salon. She lives with her sister in a flat in London but her withdrawn demeanor and habit of staring into space are just the cracks on the surface.…
It's no secret that Catherine Deneuve was - and still is - a revelation, and Roman Polanski puts her through the wringer in Repulsion, a creaky psychological thriller that is a must-see for a lot of reasons, chief among them being the chance to witness an early-career filmmaker experimenting to great lengths & with free reign.
This film is extremely rough around the edges, but its imperfections slowly become one of the more intriguing things about it. It's also incredible to witness the abundance of influential themes explored here which have spawned several other modern imitations over the last few decades. It was Polanski's first film outside of his native Poland, and first in English language, and there's proof all over…
Man, what a mind f**k. Lol. It was a very well made and well acted film. A tad slow at times, but the creepiness made up for it.
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The repulsion is to men! Sexual repression or sexual abuse? I lean toward the latter. An anti-male gaze/male predator movie; doubly chin-scratching since it comes from Polanski.
Dirigida de forma maestra, los movimientos de cámara le dan una fluidez excelente a la película, totalmente ayudada por la muy buena actuación de Catherine Deneuve.
El ambiente creado por Polanski es aterrador, claustrofóbico, nos sentimos encerrados en el apartamento junto a Carol y esa es una de las grandes virtudes que logra sacar a luz Repulsion.
El uso de luces y sombra dan ese sentimiento de misterio que fue creándose a medida que conocíamos más al personaje principal (por cierto, excelente estudio de personaje).
Hasta ahora mi favorita de Polanski.
Superb precursor to Rosemary's Baby. Polanski is a master at powerful, darkly humorous, surrealism. Catharine Deneuve is obviously impeccable. In some ways it's similar Ms. 45 - a world where the mere idea of a man can oppress a woman. Of course, Deneuve never gets her bloody revenge.
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No one does it like Polanski. Polanski can make even the Teletubbies intro sound scary.
A masterpiece of direction, cinematography, writing and acting. And of course music and sound design. A 'complete film'.
What I don't get is why people repeatedly call the protagonist a virgin. Obviously she was raped by the father and it was her memories, her repressed past, coming back to haunt her while in seclusion.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game
- A Page of Madness
- Un Chien Andalou
- L'âge d'or
- Meshes of the Afternoon
A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…