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Middle-aged cocksureness, arrogance and incomprehension versus teenage revolt, with a young woman as a sort of arbiter, is the theme of this lively and inventive little pic.
Polanski's first feature, a model of economic, imaginative film-making which, in many ways, he has hardly improved upon since.
Knife in the Water has one of those simple, clearly expressed narratives that grabs you and holds you even though not much goes on.
It eminently justifies the interest in its acid contents and in the techniques of its young director that it stirred.
The sexual tensions build slowly and subtly, and when they explode into violence, it seems to be the desired result.
Polanski has played a cool trick by taking this ordinarily social squabble out of the city and putting it down in the middle of a watery nowhere.
[VIDEO ESSAY} For his debut feature film - after graduating from Poland's famed National Film School in Lodz - Roman Polanski set out to break several golden rules of academic filmmaking.
Taut, compelling, and engaging, Polanski's Oscar-nominated thriller is one of the most brilliant debuts in film history.
The acting, music and camerawork all weave together to create an unexpectedly magical, brilliantly crafted, intensely sensuous experience.
Circles and triangles govern Polanski's great, brackish anecdote about the instability of human interaction
Attests to the idea that Polanski was from the very onset, a filmmaker with a singular and disturbing vision. His is clearly a cinema of obsession.
...a dazzling black-and-white chamber piece
An successful middle aged man, a trophy wife, and a young aimless drifter converge for a day's outing on a sailboat ... what could happen next? Polanski seems to suggest that the setup tells the story in this brilliantly filmed black and white drama from 1962, and it does indeed. It does indeed.
It was good but not as good as repulsion. The acting and cinematography were great but the film's pacing with its lack of story depth left me somewhat empty at the end.
A Roman Polanski debut work that strictly features a ménage à trois: a couple and a young stranger, on a sailing trip. Knife In The Water features gradual subtle exposition of tension that has developed into something intriguing. Inventive. Stirring. Dynamic.
This is one of Polanski's great early films, and one of my favourites, it involves a love triangle, and is very suspenseful and dramatic. I love it.
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