The Cinema of Roman Polanski: Dark Spaces of the World

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John Orr, Elżbieta Ostrowska
Wallflower Press, 2006 - Performing Arts - 175 pages
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Roman Polanski is a great maverick figure of world cinema who has lived a controversial and tragic life. Yet his notoriety has eclipsed the true importance of his long career, starting with his short films in the 1950s and continuing through to the recent Oliver Twist (2005). This collection highlights the bold and dazzling diversity of his work as well as recurrent themes and obsessions. Films discussed include Knife in the Water (1962), Repulsion (1965), Rosemary's Baby (1968), Chinatown (1974), Death and the Maiden (1994), and The Pianist (2002).

 

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Contents

The Art of Perceiving
4
Polanskis Existential Body as Somebody Nobody and Anybody
22
Power and the Visual Semantics of Polanskis Films
38
Polanski and the Horror from Within
51
Knife in the Water Polanskis Nomadic Discourse Begins
62
Desire and its Double in Repulsion
76
Politics as Perspective Perspective as Politics
108
The Tenant
121
When Angels Fall and Bitter Moon
133
Polanskis Narration of Holocaust Evasion
146
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John Orr is professor emeritus in the School of Social and Political Studies at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Contemporary Cinema, The Art and Politics of Film, and Hitchcock and Twentieth-Century Cinema (Wallflower Press). Elzbieta Ostrowska is visiting professor of Polish studies at the University of Pittsburgh and is coeditor of Gender in Film and the Media. With John Orr, she is the coeditor of The Cinema of Andrzej Wajda: The Art of Irony and Defiance (Wallflower Press).

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