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After the triumph of Chinatown, Roman Polanski's The Tenant marked an unsettling return to the horrifying psychodrama of Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby. As in those previous films, Polanski explores a descent into madness with s
After the triumph of Chinatown, Roman Polanski's The Tenant marked an unsettling return to the horrifying psychodrama of Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby. As in those previous films, Polanski explores a descent into madness with subtle, deliberate pacing and keen attention to accumulating details. Cannily casting himself in the title role, Polanski plays the mild-mannered occupant of a Parisian flat previously rented by a woman who committed suicide by leaping from her upper-floor balcony. The woman's leftover belongings and the harsh attitudes of disapproving neighbors (including Melvin Douglas and Shelley Winters) begin to grate on the new tenant's psyche; his paranoia shifts from simmering anxiety to full-blown psychosis, until fate itself seems to run in a complete, tragically tormenting circle. Polanski masters the material as only he could, and despite some critical drubbing at the time of its release, The Tenant has earned a place among Polanski's finest films. --Jeff Shannon
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...This is the 2nd Roman Polanski film ive seen so far and I think I enjoyed this film even more than Rosemary's Baby. You cant really put this film into words or categorize it. Its truly an eerie creepy slow moving film. Despite the fact it can be slow at times you still cant take your eyes off of it. I was enthralled by Polanski's character and portrayal of the polish immigrant living as the tenant in Paris. The overall atmosphere, the paranoia, the alienation and the plot are engaging. Ive seen many movies and this is unlike any other ive ever seen. It not only has the suspense and story which pulls you in deeper as the story progresses but it also has plenty of black humor to it. I laughed out loud in a couple scenes.
As soon as this film was over I turned it off then put it back on the shelf, but as the days went by I just kept thinking about it and wanting to watch it again. There is so much more to this film than meets the eye, ideas to contemplate, etc.. After i watched it and it sunk in over the days i was thinking , this is truly a great film. One of a kind. Highly Recommended. 4-4.5 stars.
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