REPULSION

Directed by Roman Polanski
US release date: Oct 31, 2012 (Original release 1965)

New 35mm Print! When her sister and her sleazy boyfriend leave repressed Belgian ex-pat manicurist Catherine Deneuve alone in their London apartment, strange things start to happen. Barricading herself indoors after an abusive phone call, she catches someone’s reflection in a mirrored door — then the walls tear open, grabbing hands reach through them, and flies gather in the wake of her would-be boyfriend and buttinsky landlord’s unwanted intrusions.

Polanski’s first English-language picture is that rarity: a portrait of the growth of insanity from inside, sans longwinded Freudian explanations. Deneuve, straight from the slightly more cheerful Umbrellas of Cherbourg, is blood-curdlingly believable as the repelled-by-sex heroine, the projection of her nightmares onto the white walls of her lair a brilliant metaphor for cinema itself. With a subtly unsettling Chico Hamilton jazz score, stark b&w cinematography by Gilbert Taylor (Dr. Strangelove, A Hard Day’s Night, Star Wars, etc., etc.) and a wordless final shot guaranteed to haunt, Repulsion is widely considered a “masterpiece, with something repulsive for everyone” (David Shipman). Approx. 105 min. 35mm.

Directed by Romain Polanski and starring Catherine Deneuve

Repulsion will be showing at at Film Forum Oct 31- Nov 8.

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