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(1962) 100% (A) (25) PAID NYT Critics' Pick * * * * "See my profile for the key to this code" * * * * SYNOPSIS: "Roman Polanski's first feature-length film is a suspenseful three-person chamber drama reminiscent of the work of Ingmar Bergman. "Knife in the Water" was filmed in the director's native Poland and financed through government subsidies. Although denounced by local authorities as devoid of any significant social or political content, the film caused a minor sensation in the West, was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Foreign Film, and even made the cover of Time magazine. The action takes place almost entirely within the confined setting of a sailboat owned by a wealthy journalist (Leon Niemczyk) and his much younger wife (Jolanta Umecka). On their way to the lake for a weekend of sailing, they are accosted by a young hitchhiker (Zygmunt Malanowicz) who jumps in front of their car, forcing them to stop. Annoyed by the youth's daredevil posturing, the journalist nevertheless decides to invite him to join the couple on their boat, initiating a series of playfully competitive games between the two men. Playfulness soon gives way to hostility, however, as each tries to outshine and humiliate the other in front of the woman, who appears to be taking a more than casual interest in her husband's young rival." CONSENSUS: "One of the greatest of all feature debuts. A masterpiece of style and economy--a complex and delicately balanced tale with only three characters and one small set." MOTIVATION FOR ME TO SEE: This title was included in too many reviews for me to pass it up. Also, Polanski has a separate, tabloid fascination. MY THOUGHTS: This B&W film is totally different from anything else; I keep expecting something to happen, but my guesses were invariably wrong. The final scene almost mandates discussion. See it. If in doubt, read the NYT review. (Criterion Collection) (Essential Art House)
posted Jul 12, 2009 at 10:37AM
62triplet said:
30 Jun 09 - Dir. Roman Polanski started his career with this knockout (47 years later, his current "Ghost Writer" continues a string of well-reviewed films). Bosley Crowther review (a NYT Critics' Pick) is at **** ****
posted Feb 24, 2010 at 12:28PM
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