A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
No one does it to you like Roman Polanski.
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.
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“What if she gets better?” “Don’t worry, she won’t get better.”
Nature, it is said, abhors a vacuum. If my cat’s reaction to my Dyson is any indication, this axiom is unimpeachably true. The maxim is usually attributed to Aristotle (in the appealingly macabre form of “horror vacui”), who believed that any theoretical void would be filled by surrounding material, instantly wiping it out. Nothing—the absence of something—cannot really exist, for something will always take nothing’s place.
This ancient principle underlies Roman Polanski’s The Tenant, the third and final entry in his so-called “Apartment Trilogy” (after Repulsion and Rosemary’s Baby). Each of the trilogy's films brilliantly explores the disadvantages and incipient paranoia of close-quarters city dwelling (paranoia…
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.
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…
so here's a strange story.
i watched this today assuming that i had never before seen "the tenant", but i wanted to finish polanski's "apartment trilogy," especially because i love "repulsion" and "rosemary's baby."
at first i found "the tenant" unfamiliar - and to be honest, kind of dull - but then it began getting weirder...more uncanny.
which is to say, more familiar in its unfamiliarity.
something (may have?) clicked.
when polanski reveals the tenant, trelkovsky, to be a cross-dresser (posing as a former tenant), i realized that this is a film that may've haunted me for years.
i saw a similar movie on t.v., probably when i was about 12 or 13, and i have never forgotten its manic…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I tried to watch this once, years ago but I fell asleep and had no interest in watching it again after that initial attempt. Fast forward years later and I've finally watched it in it's entirety, especially after the urging of some friends to give it another chance.
I was mildly disappointed by The Tenant, the slow start was a little on the sluggish side for my tastes. The second hour really picked up in the bizarre and often creepy area that I expected from the first hour of the film. I'm not opposed to the random inserts of comedy we experience, that wasn't my problem at all with the first half, I think I just wanted more development when…
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 is one of those films I just know I'm gonna love that little bit more on a second watch. Similar to Rosemary's Baby in that once you know the ending, you start from the beginning and look out for the clues and the hidden meanings because they are all in there. Gloriously directed by Polanski and immaculately photographed by Sven Nykvist, The Tenant certainly is a peculiar film that moves into bizarre territory just enough for my liking.
Not necessarily underrated, but should be more highly praised and discussed is Roman Polanski's The Tenant. When a sheepish young man moves into an apartment that has recently went on the market the previous day due to the former tenant jumping out the window, he begins to wonder why. Along the way he meets all the peculiar neighbors and residents in the area and visits the suicidal victim in the hospital. After several more strange incidents and run ins with his neighbors, the lead played by Polanski begins to think that a devious plot is being conspired against or is he just starting to lose his wits? So much to love in this film, it is overdo for some sort of remaster and a deluxe release, one of my all time favorites and debatably Polanski's best.
Those first couple of scenes with people staring in the bathroom will stick with me! Really liked the bleakness of this film, even if I have no fuckin idea what the ending was all about.
I AM NOT SIMONE CHOULE!!!
Not quite sure what to think of this one. I'm leaning more towards "didn't get it" than "didn't like it."
What right has my head to call itself me?
Polanski's obsession with identity has never been more evident than in 'The Tenant'. The film is clearly a deeply personal piece, especially when Polanski's horrific childhood is taken into account.
Trelkovsky (played by Polanski) finds himself torn between two identities, his own and that of the apartment's previous tenant Madame Choule. The cause of this identity crisis is ambiguous; is Trelkovsky's paranoia internally manifested or have the other occupants of the building tried to externally mould poor Trelkovsky into their ideal tenant. Most likely the answer lies somewhere in between.
I know there has been some debate as to whether this can be classified as a horror film. For me there…
Ok so the creepiest thing was the whole dubbing everyone with American accents even though it's set in Paris thing. It's a bit like in Possession and it's unsettling as fuck
Oh and the creepy score didn't help either
Or the graphic broken leg sitch
in the dark void,
the face of damnation,
Having a place to life, to call home, to feel safe in is so very vital to human existance. The Tenant now takes this place away, not by having a malevolent force intrude on it but by rejecting the occupant. Polanski's Trelkovsky already is a very weak-minded individual. He is not respected by his colleagues or by anyone really. As a result he feels immense societal pressure, only further compounded by the stress of not having a place to live.
There are not many free appartments in Paris, so when he finds one, he clings to it. None of the flaws or downsides matter to him. Bathroom at the end of the hall? He can live with that. Appartment costs…
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