Knife in the Water (1962)
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Critic Reviews for Knife in the Water
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.
Audience Reviews for Knife in the Water
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.
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