ACMI Identifier
316840
Title
The Tenant
Alternative Title
Tenant
Creator & Role
Marianne Productions, production company
Andrew Braunsberg, producer
Roman Polanski, director
Place of Production
France
Creation Date
1976
Colour
Colour
Sound / Audio
Sound
Duration
02:05:00
Language
English
Description
Based on the novel by Richard Topor, "The Tenant" is a psychological horror film by Roman Polanski which can also be read as a deeply disturbed personal work about a man's disintegration in the face of death and tragedy. (There are obvious parallels to be drawn by the mental disintegration of the film's main character, Trelkovsky - played by Polanski himself - to the crisis suffered by the director when his wife and unborn child were brutally slaughtered by the infamous Charles Manson cult). Polanski's work from the beginning of his career has seen him play mischievously and surrealistically with the themes of mental illness, hauntings and transvestitism, but in "The Tenant", the whole world which Trelkovsky inhabits seems to be riddled with varying degrees of evil and repressed violence. He is a new tenant in an old Baroque Parisian hotel and the last occupant in his room attempted suicide by jumping from the building. Trelkovsky meets her on the day of her death: the memory of her anguished screaming will reverberate with him for the rest of his life. The cast includes Isabelle Adjani, Melvyn Douglas, Shelley Winters and Lila Kedrova, and the sombre lighting and cinematography is by noted Swedish cinematographer, Sven Nykvist. As always, Polanski proves an effective and imaginative master of the horror genre. Note: "The Tenant" is a USA/French co-production in which the French actors are dubbed into English.
Audience Classification
R (18+)
Form
Feature films
Feature films/Feature films - United States
Feature films/Feature films - France
Genre
Adaptations
Drama
Drama/Psychodrama
Horror
Subject Group
Literature/French literature - Film and video adaptations
Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel/Paris (France)
Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety/Mental illness
Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety/Psychology, Pathological
Magic, Occult & Supernatural/Ghosts
Magic, Occult & Supernatural/Supernatural
Places/Paris (France)
Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality/Transvestism
Holdings
VHS; Access Print (Section 1)