Gros et le maigre (The Fat and the Lean) (1961) - Rotten Tomatoes

Gros et le maigre (The Fat and the Lean) (1961)

Gros et le maigre (The Fat and the Lean)




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The 15-minute black-and-white short The Fat and the Lean was directed by Roman Polanski in 1961 shortly after he finished film school in Poland. The official credits have been obscured throughout history due to the fact that the film was shot in France and Polanski was not a French citizen. For this reason, editor Jean-Pierre Rousseau has often been credited as co-director. Telling an allegory about that nature of government, the action is confined to the space of a house with pantomime and music taking precedence over dialogue. The plot concerns the relationship between the master ("The fat," played by André Katelbach) and the slave ("The lean," played by Polanski). This early film contains the music of Krzysztof Komeda, who would continue to write many film scores for the director. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy, Special Interest
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Roman Polanski
as "The lean"

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All of Polanski's shorts are odd, and some of them are pretty funny, but I think this one take the cake both in terms of oddness and humor. Polanski himself plays a scrawny little servant whose heavyset slob of a master forces him to provide services and entertainment while chained to a goat. It makes little sense, yet it is amazing.

Chris Weber

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Probably the funniest Polanski short. Another slapstick comedy, this time with Polanski himself as the servant-slave of a tyrannic fatso.

Pierluigi Puccini

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An uninteresting short film made by Polanski before Knife in the Water. He plays "The Lean", a servant to "The Fat", a man who is presumably his owner/master. Feels like it wants to get into "Waiting for Godot" territory but never really makes it there because it tries to hard to be absurdist and odd. It is full of gags and slapstick humour which is not funny.


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