THE TENANT (le locataire) (1976 FRANCE) D/W: ROMAN POLANSKI W: GERARD BRACH P: ANDREW BRAUNSBERG
Polanski takes the lead as a Polish office-worker in Paris who rents an aprtment in a big old building after the woman who previously lived there leapt to her death from the balcony. The annoying neighbours constantly complain about noise and seem to be trying to get him evicted. He finds a tooth hidden in the wall and notices all manner of unnerving, unexplained weirdness. Based on Roland Topor's novel, this masterpiece of paranoia does not convey well on paper. Better that you just watch one of Polanski's finest for yourself and see a master at the height of his craft. With Isabelle Adjani, Shelley Winters as the concierge, Melvyn Douglas, Jo Van Fleet, Claude Dauphin, Bernard Fresson, Claude Pieplu Rufus, Jacques Monod, David Gabison, Bernard Pierre Donnadieu, Gerard Jugnot, Helena Manson, Albert Delpy and Alain Sarde. My favourite touch is the people who do nothing in the toilet. Brach co-wrote most of Polanski`s movies, and THE NAME OF THE ROSE and Argento's PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.

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