Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir at Theatre Image Forum – Shibuya

Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir, a documentary directed by Laurent Bouzereau is opening at Shibuya’s Theatre Image Forum from 6/1 – 7/12th, 2013. Rosemary’s Baby, A Knife in the Water, Repulsion and Cul-de-Sac directed by Roman Polanski will also be screening at the theatre. Great opportunity to watch a documentary about the controversial Polish-French director and revisit some of his acclaimed films shown in new print and digital remasters. (Distributed by Kadokawa Pictures and Mermaid Films)

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ROMAN POLANSKI:A FILM MEMOIR 2012 – (94 minutes) Digital/Vista/English with Japanese subtitles – A documentary about Roman Polanski, the man and filmmaker. Roman Polanski speaks about his eventful life story and career in conversation with Andrew Braunsberg, his former business partner, producer, and friend of many years.

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The documentary ROMAN POLANSKI: A FILM MEMOIR tells the extraordinary story of Roman Polanski’s life, beginning with his childhood in the Cracow ghetto, his first films in Poland, the move to Paris, his career in Europe and America, crowned with an Oscar for THE PIANIST, the tragedy of the murder of his pregnant wife Sharon Tate in Los Angeles, the controversy surrounding his arrest in 1977, through to his work and life today in France with his wife Emmanuelle Seigner. The conversations were recorded during Roman Polanski‘s stay in his home in Gstaad where he was under house arrest for several months after he was apprehended on his way to the Zurich Film Festival in 2009. The conversations are illustrated with excerpts from Polanski’s films, news footage, press clippings, private and exclusive photos, and documents chronicling the filmmaker’s extraordinary life.

Screening Schedule for Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir
6/1 – 6/7: 11:15 and 16:00
6/8 – 6/14: 13:45
6/15 – 6/21: 11:15 and 16:00
6/22 – 6/28: 19:00
6/29 – 7/5: 13:45 and 19:00
7/6 – 7/12: 11:15
*Please double check the screening schedules and find the ticket price and theater location at the official site.

ROSEMARY’S BABY (137 minutes) 1968 – 35mm New Print/Color/English with Japanese subtitle – Starring Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon and Sidney Blackmer.

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Rosemary’s Baby (1968) is Polish director Roman Polanski’s first American feature film and his second, scary horror film – following his first film in English titled Repulsion (1965). The eerie gothic film is about a young newlywed couple who move into a large, rambling old apartment building in Central Park West, and begin a loving, post-honeymoon period. Mia Farrow as a young mother-to-be who grows increasingly suspicious that her overfriendly elderly neighbors (played by Sidney Blackmer and an Oscar-winning Ruth Gordon) and self-involved husband (John Cassavetes) are hatching a satanic plot against her and her baby.

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Polanski gives the audience a great deal of information early in the story, and by the time the movie’s halfway over we’re pretty sure what’s going on in that apartment next door. When the conclusion comes, it works not because it is a surprise but because it is horrifyingly inevitable. Rosemary makes her dreadful discovery, and we are wrenched because we knew what was going to happen—and couldn’t help her. This is why the movie is so good. The characters and the story transcend the plot. In most horror films, and indeed in most suspense films of the Alfred Hitchcock tradition, the characters are at the mercy of the plot. In this one, they emerge as human beings actually doing these things.

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Screening Schedule for Rosemary’s Baby
6/1 -6/7: 13:15 and 19:00
6/8 – 6/14: 11:15 and 19:00
6/15 – 6/21: 13:15
6/22 – 6/28: 16:00
6/29 – 7/5: 11:15 and 16:00
7/6th – 7/12: 13:15
*Please double check the screening schedules and find the ticket price and theater location at the official site.

KNIFE IN THE WATER (94 minutes) 1962 – Digital/B&W/Polish with Japanese subtitle – Starring Leon Niemczyk, Jolanta Umecka and Zygmunt Malanowicz.

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Knife in the Water is set on a boat (Part of the “water trilogy” alongside Cul-de-sac), it is claustrophobic and personal as we join a married couple on a boat trip. Suffice to say, this is disrupted as a lone student hitchhiker joins them. The tension gradually builds between Andrzej, the husband and the unnamed hitchhiker as they vie for the attentions of the young wife. A fight ensues between Andrzej and the hitchhiker and the latter falls into the water.

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With stinging dialogue and a mercilessly probing camera, Polanski creates a disturbing study of fear, humiliation, sexuality, and aggression. This remarkable directorial debut won Polanski worldwide acclaim, a place on the cover of Time, and his first Oscar nomination. Polanski manages to map out many of the tropes that will become trademarks to his style. On reflection, the very definition of auteur is established here in Polanski’s work. The sexual tension as the lone female character wanders around in a bikini and dressing gown will spill into his films. The aforementioned use of water and subtle creaking sound-effects all appear in a different manner throughout his career.

Screening Schedule for Knife in the Water
6/8 – 6/14: 16:00
7/6 – 7/12: 19:00
*Please double check the screening schedules and find the ticket price and theater location at the official site.

REPULSION (105 minutes) 1965 – Digital/B&W/English with Japanese subtitle – Starring Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry, John Fraser and Yvonne Furneaux.

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The first of Polanski’s ‘Apartment’ trilogy (preceding Rosemary’s Baby and The Tenant), Repulsion ensured Polanski would be taken more seriously across continents as the film was his first English-language feature, and the fact that it made a “healthy box office”secured financing for his next film, Cul-de-sac.

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Repulsion tracks the slow, mounting madness in Carol (Catherine Deneuve), a single beautician who shares a flat with her sister Helen (Yvonne Furneaux). From the outset, she is clearly an outcast – often staring into space, losing track of her surroundings and becoming increasingly uncomfortable with the advances of Colin (John Fraser) and the confident sexuality of her sister’s married lover Michael (Ian Hendry). Helen and Michael decide to go on holiday to Italy, leaving Carol on her own – whereby her madness begins to take over her life. Repulsion truly is a milestone in Polanski’s career – and as only the second film in his canon, you cannot help but be astonished at how confident he is in exploring such multi-layered events within such a small space and context.


Screening Schedule for Repulsion
6/15 – 6/21: 19:00
6/22 – 6/28: 11:15
*Please double check the screening schedules and find the ticket price and theater location at the official site.

CUL-DE-SAC (102 minutes) 1966- Digital/B&W/English with Japanese subtitle – Starring Françoise Dorléac, Donald Pleasence, Lionel Stander and Jack MacGowran


The script of Cul-de-Sac was written in 1963 and has remained Roman Polański’s favourite of his films. It was not, however, until the success of his first foreign film Repulsion (1965), which won the Silver Bear at the 1965 Berlin Film Festival, that Polański’s status as international auteur was confirmed, and the long-cherished Cul-de-Sac was green lit. Both Repulsion and Cul-de-Sac were made by the London-based Compton Group at a time when the city welcomed art film as a counterpart to Hollywood, and became something of a Mecca for arthouse directors.

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Lindisfarne, Holy Island: two gangsters named Dickie and Albie are on the run after a botched job. Dickie leaves the wounded Albie in the car and goes to look for help, stumbling upon a castle. Inside he finds George, who is dressed as a woman, and his young wife, Teresa. He terrorizes both man and wife, and orders them to help him bring Albie from the car. George is strangely ineffectual in defending his home and soon it turns out that Teresa is unfaithful to him. Dickie phones the mysterious Katelbach, who says that they are on their own, which is bad news for Albie. Following the arrival of some English friends of George and Teresa, and Dickie’s pretending to be their butler, events soon take a turn for the worse.

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In Cul-de-Sac, George is an exile of sorts who has left his bourgeois life with his previous wife and relocated to Lindisfarne Island. The denationalized space of the beach in Cul-de-Sac is significant in evoking a transnational affinity to other art film directors of that time, who privilege this location for the exploration of la condition humaine: Bergman’s Det sjunde inseglet/The Seventh Seal (1957), Såsom i en spegel/Through a Glass Darkly (1961) and Persona (1966); Truffaut’s Les Quatre Cents Coups/The 400 Blows (1959) or Fellini’s La Dolce Vita (1960).

Screening Schedule for Cul-de-Sac
6/22 – 6/28: 13:15
7/6 – 7/12: 16:00
*Please double check the screening schedules and find the ticket price and theater location at the official site.

Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir Official Web Site

Shibuya’s Theatre Image Forum Official Web Site


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