Gros et le maigre (The Fat and the Lean) (1961)
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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.
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.
Here is another funny, silent short from Roman Polanski. In it, Polanski plays a fool who constantly tries to entertain a large man in a lawn chair.
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