Repulsion (The Criterion Collection)
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The camera is on Carol all the time, and we see events unfold through her paranoid and schizophrenic mind. We feel her isolation. The mundane is amplified -the ticking of a clock, the sounds of the street outside, the toiling of the bell from the next door nunnery-and made to seem menacing. She is dependant on her sister to such an extent that when her sister goes to Italy on holiday, leaving her alone, she loses her lifeline on which to grasp for human contact. Her isolation is so intense that other people become a threat. Those who are a menace to her, such as her landlord, are treated in the same manner as those who wish her well, such as her boy friend. She can no longer tell the difference. The madness in her mind is made manifest on the screen: Huge cracks appear in the wall symbolising the cracks appearing in her mind. Hands come out of the wall and touch her. Her nightmares torment her with physical contact of men, the one thing that horrifies her, and which are made utterly believable by the vagueness of the camerawork and the silence on the soundtrack-how very much like a real nightmare. The structure of the film is marvellous, as is the cinematography. There is not a shot or a frame wasted as every scene, every shot, builds up to show Carol's loosening grasp of reality.
One of the greatest films of the 20th Century. On every level, this film not only works, but works brilliantly. Roman Polanski is a genius, and this film is his cinematic masterpiece.
Catherine Deneuve plays Carole, a young French girl who lives with her older sister in London.She works as a manicurist and sees her sister's sexual life as something extremely repulsive: She can't stand her boyfriend who leaves his toothbrush in her glass,not to mention the fact that he is married.Carole is left alone in the London flat after her sister leaves for a short holiday in Italy. Soon enough, Carole is the subject of byzarre experiences which eventually lead her to commit atrocious crimes.Polanski masterfuly takes the audience on a strange journey through this girl's mental decay.The acting is great and the story very original and avant garde for its time.
Nevertheless, the DVD treatment itself is not worth a dollar.The movie wasn't at all restaured: the image is grainy, blurry at times,jumpy.The sound is terrible.The DVD comes in Fullscreen which is also very annoying, and forget about special features like trailers or subtitles because simple there are none.
Hopefully some smart studio will take the time to restaure this cult classic and deliver it in a decently treated DVD in the future...
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Repulsion is by far one of the best horror movies made and one of the most shocking for it's time. It was the mid '60s when horror was changing in genre and the only other... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Garrett
A superb nail-biter. Makes we wonder why it took so long for Carol to protect herself from her fears.Published 23 days ago by Michael A. Lilly
The audio restoration is pretty much flawless. As for the video, there's one scene where Criterion missed a clear video error. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Kenneth Coursey III
What a horrible DVD!!!
The picture quality is worse than VHS. So bad that whenever it's dark, I can hardly see the dark area of the frame. Read more
*"you'll be all right, won't you pats (echoes)" [cut to images in black and white referencing scenes from REPULSION, such as arms projecting through walls, a hand fumbles... Read morePublished 2 months ago by gcd
The credits at the beginning of the film are names across the close-up of an eyeball. After a few minutes of this I began to wonder if the story itself would be more interesting. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Zachary Cabon
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