Yet another year with yet another update.
2012 version can be found here.
2013 version can be found here.
A quiet and inconspicuous man (Trelkovsky) rents an apartment in France where the previous tenant committed suicide, and begins to suspect his landlord and neighbors are trying to subtly change him into the last tenant so that he too will kill himself.
Roman Polanski's The Tenant builds a myriad of psychological layers around the director cast in the central role of Trelkovsky. It is a film often grouped together with Rosemary's Baby and Repulsion under the 'apartment trilogy' banner although this film develops into far more mysterious and complicated film than the other two.
His decision to cast himself as the films protagonist is an odd one given his lack of prominence infront of the lens previously. Only twelve months later he would face a life defining moment with accusations of rape reshaping his artistic approach. As such it is suggested that The Tenant is heavily autobiographical.
Polanski makes it crystal clear that this timid newcomer to the building is struggling to…
I'm so tired of crossdressing being depicted as a sign of insanity. How would you like it if every fucking film you watched had, I dunno what you are, but whatever you are as a sign of insanity? Fucking hell.
October count: 26/31.
The Tenant, Roman Polanski's last film in his Apartment Trilogy must be the craziest of them all. It's a very strange film I think. It hops from a fun and whimsical tone to a truly bizarre and psychologically twisted one. Trelkovsky (played by Roman Polanski) slowly by slowly finds out that his neighbours in his new apartment building are extremely unaccommodating, very creepy and occasionally awkward. He is being assaulted mentally and tries to play them at their own game. Without spoiling it, this has a various results. Anyway, for me The Tenant reinforced the fact Roman Polanski is not just a master behind the camera, but that he's also a solid and good actor on his own. I thought…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
No canoodling whilst watching Enter the Dragon, you must be mad!
I have never, in my life, seen a horror movie that was so representative of the director's own phobias and insecurities. The Tenant, directed by Roman Polanski and starring the man himself, is part of his "apartment trilogy," a cinematic depiction of the horrors of urban living. I would assume that Polanski's neighbors once creeped the hell out of him, and vice versa. In this, he plays Trelkovsky, a meek bureaucrat that rents out an apartment whose last owner committed suicide, It's not long before Trelkovsky begins to feel the same urban paranoia that afflicted Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby.
This movie has a very slow pace, quietly ratcheting up the unsettling imagery until it reaches a climax of horrific…
There's just something about Polanski's lodging-descending into madness-creepy films. I was so surprised how masterfully Polanski told this tale and that he actually is a good actor, too.
Based on Roland Topor’s short novel Le Locataire chimérique, and shot in muddy browns and grays by cinema’s greatest cinematographer, Sven Nykvist, The Tenant is considered the final film of Roman Polanski’s “apartment” trilogy after Repulsion and Rosemary’s Baby. The Tenant reworks and magnifies the obsessions of the earlier films while heightening the comedy, thanks to an idiosyncratic lead performance by Polanski himself as the mild-mannered bureaucrat Trelkovsky, a Polish-born French citizen who moves into a new apartment and is eventually driven mad by “a plot so incredible that I can hardly tell you.” Polanski plays a persecuted Polish Jew but then constructs a film which is a precarious meditation on insanity, refusing to draw a distinction between persecution and…
#43 of Top 100 Best Horror Films
My brain can't even process this right now hfs
I might like THE TENANT a bit more than REPULSION, if only because the concept of neighbors trying to kill Polanski's character in 1976 is interesting to watch. Judge accordingly.
Polanski's The Tenant is similar to Rosemary's Baby in its depiction of paranoia and persecution, but this one includes a side dish of identity crisis. Polanski takes the lead himself as a cute, modest French citizen who moves into an apartment complex in which everyone seems out to get him. The buildup and the atmosphere are pretty good, but I think the film experiences a bit of an identity crisis itself: It opens with the persecutory delusions, but later it incorporates the identity problem and tries to become a mind-bender. This might've been okay if it weren't so unsubtle. Too many clues, not enough obscurity. I knew from the moment Polanski switched cigarette brands where the film was headed, and it took a long time to get there, too often harping on its theme.
The Tenant is suspenseful and occasionally surreal, but it's easily the weakest (and unintentionally funniest) of Polanski's Apartment Trilogy.
Polanski certainly supplies some craft behind the camera (and he looks right for the lead, but doesn't necessarily *feel* right), but something kept this from leaving much of an impression on me.
Lesser Polanski that's basically crippled from the start because of his decision to cast himself in the lead. The Tenant sports a pretty tough transition for any actor to make in the last forty minutes or so and... well, Polanski's just not quite got the chops to pull it off. Still, it packs in some decent imagery, a claustrophobic tone and a handful of sequences that really deliver on their promises, including a doppelganger scene for the ages. When the credits roll, though, it's got only traces of the inspiration we saw in Rosemary's Baby and Repulsion.
Is there a better director at combining mise en scene with claustrophobic paranoia? Possibly not. Although this film isn't nearly as successful as Rosemary's Baby at pulling that off. It's actually more effective at the start in it's depiction of reality and low key normality. What I like about this film is that it doesn't have any characters, just real human beings and all the boring mundane stuff that comes along with them. It's a film of promise with flashes of talent here and there.
The new tenant of an apartment building recently vacated by a suicide victim falls into a deep paranoia when his neighbors act more than strange. I was hesitant to watch this film at first; I think it's very rare for a sound-era director to give a great performance in a film of their own, and, in a way, I'm still right. Polanski is serviceable in the lead role, but he could have given it to a Dustin Hoffman type and the film would have worked slightly more. The supporting cast is great: Oscar winners Lila Kedrova, Jo Van Fleet, and a very, very menacing Melvyn Douglas give great turns. Also, Isabelle Adjani is great as the liaison between Polanski and the suicide victim. To me, her character was the inspiration for Maddy Ferguson's look in Twin Peaks. This is the worst of Polanski's Apartment Trilogy, but that's really saying something.
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