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Auteur Spotlight: Roman Polanski

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Roman Polanski made short films from 1957-1962, during his time at Poland’s prestigious National Film School in Lodz. He technically never graduated from the film school, but from the lasting mark his work has made on the film industry, I’d say he’s doing all right. Polanski’s style is defined by voyeurism and violence, two things that many critics hypothesize Polanski himself struggles with. Crew members that have previously worked with the director have marked him as notoriously hard to work with; many stories have arose wherein if Polanski could not achieve the shot he wanted while making a film, he would take out his frustration on his crew verbally or physically. Even the props suffered.

The very first short he released, though it is barely over a minute long and entirely silent, tells us much about his work and the controversy that would later surround his career. Here is 1957’s Morderstwo, or “Murder.”

Simple, yet the cinematography and mise-en-scene are brilliant for a student director. Here is another of his shorts, Lampa (1959).

Personally, my favorite film of his is the feature The Pianist (2002), a story of the survival of a Polish Jewish pianist during the Holocaust played by Adrien Brody. More information on his body of work is available here.

A complete list of his short films can be found here.

And as always, everything you could ever want to know resides here.


Written by Alisa Hathaway

May 7, 2011 at 7:39 pm

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