Detroit Film Theatre


DFT 101: KNIFE IN THE WATER

Saturday, August 20, 2011

4:00 PM

(Poland/1962—directed by Roman Polanski)

Roman Polanski’s first feature is a superbly executed psychological thriller – made on a shoestring – that many critics still consider one of his finest films. When a young hitchhiker joins a couple on a weekend yacht trip, psychological warfare breaks out as the two men compete for the woman’s attention. A storm forces the small crew below deck, and tension builds to an inevitable yet startling climax. These are the elements of a simple tale, yet the implications of its characters’ emotions and actions as visualized by Polanski remain as powerful as ever. With stinging dialogue and a restless, probing camera, Polanski creates a disturbing study of fear, humiliation, sexuality, and aggression. His directorial debut won Polanski worldwide acclaim, a place on the cover of Time, and his first Academy Award nomination. (94 min.)
 
“Flawless! A brilliant performance all around.” –Newsweek
 
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