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    Roman Polanski

    By Dorothea Holloway | August 16, 2013

    Roman Polanski wird am 18. August 2013 80 Jahre. Aus O. is for Oberhausen – Weg zum Nachbarn, Oberhausen 1979:

    Polanski, Roman. Poland/France. Born 1933 in Paris

    His metier is the moral parable – the bizarre, surreal, grotesque, absurd theme suitable to the genre of the short feature. Beginning as an actor in film and theatre, Roman Polanski appeared in Andrzej Wajda’s Generation (1954) and than scored an international hit with Two Men and a Wardrobe (1958); it appeared at the same time as the heralded “black series” in Polish documentary and the Lenica-Borowczyk experimental films. Like many Polish filmmakers, Jan Lenica in particular, Polanskis shares a respect for Beckett and recognizes the humorous side of the absurd and the surreal in his curious treatises on human behavior. The shorts reveal a narrow world of repression without pity and paved the way for his psychological, Hitchcockian thrillers upon leaving Poland. Other parables: When Angels fall (1959) and Mammals (1963) in Poland, followed by a similar study of pent-up emotions and sexual tensions among a trio on a holiday boat in the feature Knife in the water (1962), and than the short The fat and the lean (1963) in France.


    Die Stadt Oberhausen widmet diese Dokumentation Frau Oberbürgermeister Luise Alberts [† 1. 2. 1979]. Die Stadt dankt dem Kultusminister des Landes Nord-Rhein-Westfalen, Herrn Jürgen Girgensohn und dem Direktor des SVR, Herrn Dr. Jürgen Gramke, die durch besondere Förderung diese Dokumentation ermöglichten. Die Stadt dankt R. und D. Holloway für die dokumentarische Arbeit.

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