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…
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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…
Tercer domicilio claustrofóbico en la filmografía de Polanski, tercer descenso a la locura y otra joya más de las muchas que nos ha regalado el maestro.
Su dominio absoluto de los entresijos del punto de vista cinematográfico hacen de 'Le Locataire' la más ambigua de sus tres inmersiones en el terreno del delirio, ya que no se apuesta completamente ni por la neurosis ('Repulsion') ni por la conjura de terceros ('Rosemary's Baby'), pero nada se descarta tampoco. Es más, su desolador punto final parece querer llevar la obra al ámbito de lo puramente alegórico, haciendo uso de uno de los bucles más desasosegantes de la historia del cine.
Debió ser muy del gusto, digo yo, de Topor, Arrabal y compañía.
At first, The Tenant threatens to be a mess of Wiseau-like proportions that predated his attempts at being an auteur by close to three decades. This is purely due to a small handful of the aesthetic choices- the obviously ADR'd dialogue and the director's leading performance as a geographically ambiguous character both recalling the filmmaking clusterfuckery of The Room. But it is there the similarities end, as it slowly becomes obvious that The Tenant is not only intentionally funny, but designed deliberately as a parody of the two previous entries in Polanski's unofficial "apartment trilogy", Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby. The mounting tension and increasing insanity of the narrative is embedded with a surrealism far stronger than any of his previous…
Why was everyone speaking English in Paris? Or did I watch an English dub? Or just part of the general surreal nature?
Descent into madness.
Surprisingly good lead role for Polanski.
Great atmospheric tones.
Part 3 of the apartment trilogy.
Polanski is genius. I love this movie.
You can't say you have truly lived your life until you have seen Roman Polanski in full drag putting on stockings. That's just a fact. Everyone knows that. So simply in order to be able to die in peace, everyone should see "The tenant", though it's definitely not Polanski's best film.
Surprisingly amateurish in its aesthetic and filled with uninspired acting performances (which doesn't include Polanski as the lead, of course), "The tenant" is a Twilight Zone-esque story based on Roland Topor's novel about paranoia, persecution and the limits of sanity. It is quite interesting to watch, especially as an offroad horror film, but thanks to its shoddy production, I can't rate it too highly. Not when I've seen Polanski's…
"At what precise moment does an individual stop being who he thinks he is?"
I don't quite know how I hadn't heard of this one before, and I'm not really sure why I didn't enjoy it as much as I would've thought I would - I love movies like this with stories that rise out of nothing and go back to nothing, existing entirely for the sake of the film itself… Hitchcock did it all the time. Maybe it's that it's about half an hour too long for that type of movie. Maybe it's that I've seen it done somewhere better (but I can't for the life of me think where). Maybe that I saw the ending coming from about…
What a dragggggg. This started out relatively intriguing but began to become more and more stale and dull as the movie proceeded . The tone was all over the place , Polanski's character was awfully written and had no interesting aspects to him at all. The final 10 minutes were ridiculous and admittedly creepy , but its not worth watching 115 minutes of repetitive boring nothingness to reach that part.
Roman Polanski has made great films about claustrophobia and paranoia (think Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby). This is not one of them. In fact it's kind of like someone no very good trying to make a film in the style of Roman Polanski.
This is a rare Roman Polanski gem as Roman plays the lead role in his own film. His acting is rather good which was really unexpected. The music, sounds, & delusions capture the audience. His supporting actors keep the plot line progressing. This will not be a waste of time.
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