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    Regiemeister Roman Polanski

    By Dorothea Holloway | July 25, 2014

    Zu den besten europäischen Filmemachern gehört Roman Polanski; seine Filme habe ich fast alle nicht nur einmal gesehen. Um so erstaunlicher, dass ich sein Der Gott des Gemetzels (F/D/PL/E 2011) erst am 21. Juli 2014 bewundern konnte, als das Drama in der ARD gezeigt wurde.

    Nach dem gleichnamigen Theaterstück von Yasmina Reza brachte Roman Polanski die schwarze Komödie Der Gott des Gemetzels auf die Leinwand. Zwei Ehepaare, die sich zu Anfang nicht kennen, – Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz und Kate Winslet – liefern sich einen bitter bösen Schlagabtausch.

    In O. is for Oberhausen – Weg zum Nachbarn (1979) schreibt Ronald Holloway:

    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 then 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, Polanski 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 then the short The Fat and the Lean (1963) in France.

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