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Roman Polanski (Repulsion) orchestrates a mental ménage à trois in this slyly absurd tale of paranoia from the director’s golden 1960s period. Donald Pleasance (Halloween) and Françoise Dorléac (The Soft Skin) star as a withdrawn couple whose isolated house is infiltrated by a rude, burly American gangster on the run, played by Lionel Stander (Unfaithfully Yours). The three engage in a game of shifting identities and sexual and emotional humiliations. Cul-de-sac is an evocative, claustrophobic, and morbidly funny tale of the modern world in chaos.
Two Gangsters and an Island, a 2003 short documentary about the making of Cul-de-sac, featuring interviews with Polanski, producer Gene Gutowski, and cinematographer Gil Taylor
Interview with Polanski from 1967
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic David Thompson
Easily one of the best films ever made; and I bet you hardly even knew about it! Maybe it's because we're all...mentally retiring, or somethin'.Published 5 months ago by Kyle Harley
I had never heard of this movie until I saw it at amazon, and it starred Donald Pleasence and Lionel Stander. Read morePublished 6 months ago by John
Nice Criterion dvd of this film. I only wish there were more extras on here. Overall the sound and picture are good, but then again it's black and white so it's hard to make a... Read morePublished 7 months ago by pianoguy87
Released in 1966 right after Repulsion, Cul-de-sac is Roman Polanski's third feature film and one of his favorites according to his autobiography. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Film Buff
will try viewing again, just to be fair. what I dislike is writer had no sense of structure or what I need as an audience. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Stacy Hackney (formerly customerS)
Pleasance is great in one of his early roles along with Catherine Denurve's sister (who was supposedly going to be a big star, but left us early). :( (the Polanski curse) :oPublished 20 months ago by Sjur03
Too slow and boring! I think the cast and crew had a great time at our expense!
Very dated and boring
Criterion quality on image and sound. Pity the film does not have the substance to justify this production. Read morePublished on February 5, 2013 by L. J. Gray