REPULSION @ CSL

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Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs:

November is getting a foothold now, and we live for divers sun-breaks, and the anticipation of a major turkey-tryptophan buzz in a few weeks. We have survived another episode of Daylight Savings Time, and now we can look forward to the TFC’s second screening this month, the classic film, Roman Polankski’s REPULSION (1965).

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Polanski’s actual name is Rajimund Roman Liebling. He was in Poland in 1939, and at 6 years old he watched his parents being arrested and dragged off to concentration camps; his father alone survived. At 7 years of age, he escaped and roamed the countryside as a tramp, hiding in barns & forests, stealing to eat & live. In 1955, in his early 20’s, he became an actor in Polish films. In 1962, he directed his first feature film, KNIFE IN THE WATER. Then he moved to France, and worked in England. He came to Hollywood in 1968, to make two films. He met & married actress Sharon Tate, and was out of the country when the Manson gang murdered her. In 1969, he was convicted of the statutory rape of a 13 year old girl, was jailed for a time, and then fled the country to avoid imprisonment. To this day, if he sets foot in the United States, we will be arrested. His victim, now 50 years old, has forgiven him, and written a book called THE GIRL.

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After he won the Best Director Oscar for THE PIANIST (2002), his friend, Harrison Ford flew to Paris to present it to him. He has directed 35 films since 1955; his first nine were shorts. Some of his films I liked included THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS (1967), ROSEMARY’S BABY (1968), MACBETH (1971), TESS (1979), DEATH & THE MAIDEN (1999), OLIVER TWIST (2005), & CARNAGE (2011). 

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Polanski once said: “You have to show violence the way it is, otherwise it is telling a dirty joke and omitting the punch line. If you don’t show it realistically, then that is immoral & harmful. If you do not actually upset people with it, then that is the obscenity.”

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Trivia: REPULSION was only his second feature film, and his first English language movie, and it featured the first depiction of a female orgasm (sound only) that made it past the British censors. He, while in Hollywood, had a bad reputation for being a harsh, European who was very hard to work with. This is considered the first film in his “Apartment Trilogy”, followed by ROSEMARY’S BABY, & THE TENANT. If Sharon Tate had lived, she would have starred in ROSEMARY’S BABY, & TESS. REPULSION was nominated for a BAFTA, and won several awards at the Berlin Film Festival.

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The soundtrack musical score was written by Chico Hamilton, a famous Jazz Band leader; this was his first film. He wrote seven movie scores, and worked on BOOGIE NIGHTS in 1997.

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The cinematography was done by Gilbert Taylor. An seasoned industry lensman, he shot 70 films from 1948-1994, including SAILOR OF THE KING (1953), ICE COLD IN ALEX (1958), DR. STRANGELOVE (1964), A HARD DAY’S NIGHT (1964), THE BEDFORD INCIDENT (1965), MACBETH (1971), FRENZY (1972), and he was a collaborator on the art design of STAR WARS. 

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REPULSION (1965)

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Written & Directed by Roman Polanski @ 105 minutes.

The film stars Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry, Patrick Wymark, and Yvonne Furneaux.

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Synopsis:  Carol, a beautiful, but unstable young girl, is left alone in her shared apartment when her sister, Helen, leaves on a vacation. Trouble appears quickly, & Carol finds herself surrounded by demons and is pushed into catalepsy, a form of schizophrenia, which deepens into madness.

Tagline: The nightmare world of a virgin’s dreams has become the screen’s shocking reality.

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This is a Member Pick from Jim Robbins

Rotten Tomatoes rated the film at 100% Critic’s approval, and 86% for Audience approval.

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TIME MAGAZINE printed: “This is a Gothic horror story, a classic thriller of the PSYCHO school, and approximately twice as persuasive.”

Geoff Andrew of TIME OUT wrote: “This is still perhaps Polanski’s most perfectly realized film, a stunning portrait of the terrible disintegration of one’s emotional & mental state.”

Andrew Lowry of TOTAL FILM wrote: “REPULSION is filled with indelible images and punishing sound design, casting a shadow on everything from ERASERHEAD to BLACK SWAN –but there’s nothing like the real thing.”

Emmanuel Levy wrote: “A masterpiece–haunting & ominous from first frame

to the last.”

Bosley Crowther of the NEW YORK TIMES wrote: “When you go to see it, prepare yourself to be emotionally demolished–and go you must.”

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So mark your calendars for this Friday, November 8, 2013, and join us of the Tacoma Film Club for the screening of Roman Polanski’s REPULSION (1965). It will be, per usual, at the Center for Spiritual Living, located at 206 North J Street, on the corner of Division & J Street, across from the Group Health Hospital. Arrive early, around 6:30 p.m., and join others downstairs in the kitchen area for fellowship & snacks. Any one who wants to may bring beverages and/or snacks, including wine, to share with others. Please clean up after yourself before coming upstairs to watch the movie, and remember there can be no food or drink in the sanctuary. REPULSION will screen at 7:15 p.m. and will be done by 9:30 p.m. Come & enjoy it!

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About Glenn Buttkus

Former actor and Special Ed teacher for the blind, newly retired, spending my days struggling as poet, photographer, novelist, husband, and grandfather.
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One Response to REPULSION @ CSL

  1. Chuck Gregg says:

    Yes, “Repulsion” is an excellent film and a very good choice for the TFC. I very much admire Polanski’s work, especially “Chinatown.”

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