Roman Polanski is a Polish-French film director and producer. He has also directed and produced many other films, including Tess, Rosemary’s Baby and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.

He was born in Paris to Polish parents, Władysław and Annette Polańska. He studied at Gdańsk University and then at the University of Paris.

Best Roman Polanski Movies

Let’s take a look at the best Roman Polanski films of all time.

1. Chinatown (1974)   

Chinatown is a 1974 American neo-noir mystery film directed, produced and co-written by Roman Polanski.

The screenplay was written by Robert Towne, who also co-stars as private detective Jake Gittes.

Chinatown was based on the novel of the same name by Raymond Chandler and has been classified as a neo-noir film.

The film is set in 1933 Los Angeles, California. It tells the story of private investigator Jake Gittes investigating the murder of a water superintendent named Hollis Mulwray (Bruce Lee).

He suspects that Mulwray’s death may have been caused by water theft from a nearby reservoir owned by his wife’s family, which could have compromised the city’s water supply during a drought.

The film received positive reviews from critics and has since come to be regarded as one of the greatest films ever made.[2] In 1991, it was added to the National Film Registry of the United States Library of Congress.[3]

Chinatown
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  • Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston (Actors)
  • Roman Polanski (Director) - Robert Towne (Writer) - Robert Evans (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

2. The Tenant (1976)

Roman Polanski’s masterpiece, The Tenant is based on the novel by Jean-Louis Bory. A mysterious tenant moves into a remote apartment in Paris and soon begins to terrorize the building’s inhabitants. The film is filled with dark humor, shocking violence and bizarre twists that will keep you guessing until the last minute.

The film was nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Director (Polanski), Best Original Screenplay (Polanski), Best Cinematography (Vilmos Zsigmond) and Best Foreign Language Film. It also won awards from BAFTA and Golden Globes for its screenplay and direction respectively.

The Tenant is an adaptation of a French novel written by Jean-Louis Bory. The original story was published in 1963 but didn’t receive much attention until it was adapted by Polanski in 1976.

The Tenant
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  • Roman Polanski, Isabelle Adjani, Melvyn Douglas (Actors)
  • Roman Polanski (Director) - Roman Polanski (Writer) - Andrew Braunsberg (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

3. Knife in the Water (1962)  

Roman Polanski’s second film after Repulsion is a compelling tale of urban decay and despair. It’s also one of his best films, and it’s certainly one of his most overlooked.

Polanski follows up his superb debut with Knife in the Water, an elegant yet haunting study of loneliness and hopelessness. The film follows a pair of lovers who live together in a decaying apartment building, where they’re slowly driven apart by their own demons.

The film stars John Pizzarelli as an aging jazz musician who can’t seem to get out from under his wife’s thumb; Janet Leigh plays his younger lover, Cassie, who seems to be stuck with him forever; and Dean Stockwell is the building’s superintendent caught between two worlds that don’t want him around anymore.

Knife in the Water (English Subtitled)
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  • Leon Niemczyk, Jolanta Umecka, Zygmunt Malanowicz (Actors)
  • Roman Polanski (Director) - Roman Polanski (Writer) - Stanislaw Zylewicz (Producer)
  • (Playback Language)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

4. The World’s Most Beautiful Swindlers (1964)

Roman Polanski is an internationally renowned film director, producer and screenwriter. He has directed films like Chinatown, Repulsion, Rosemary’s Baby and The Pianist. His films are known for their dark themes and psychological insight. He won the Best Director Oscar three times: for Chinatown (1974), Tess (1979) and The Pianist (2002).

The World’s Most Beautiful Swindlers was released in 1964. It was directed by Roman Polanski, who also wrote the script. This French drama tells the story of a con artist named Jean-Marc who travels to London with his friend Marcel to attend a convention of con men.

While there, they meet two women who take them under their wings and teach them how to be better swindlers.

The film stars Jack MacGowran as Jean-Marc and Anna Karina as one of his newly acquired friends along with Adolfo Celi as Marcel, Bernard Menez as Francois Dufour and Maurice Ronet as Gerard Duval.

The World's Most Beautiful Swindlers [Blu-ray]
  • Jean Seberg, Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Pierre Cassel (Actors)
  • Jean-Luc Godard (Director)
  • English (Subtitle)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

5. Repulsion (1965)

In the late 1950s, a young woman named Carol (Catherine Deneuve) begins to experience disturbing visions of her apartment building’s basement. As she descends into madness, Carol becomes increasingly isolated and paranoid.

Her boyfriend Paul watches as she withdraws from him; their relationship soon dissolves as he becomes increasingly disturbed by her behavior. When Paul’s mother invites him to visit his sister in London,

Carol agrees that they should break up so that he can go abroad with his mother. The two agree to meet at their apartment the following morning.

As Carol emerges from the shower after her date with Paul, she finds herself unable to move or speak. Terrified, she attempts to escape from the room but is unable to break free of its walls as they close in on her like a living thing

Repulsion
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  • Catherine Deneuve, Ian Henry, John Fraser (Actors)
  • Roman Polanski (Director) - Roman Polanski (Writer) - Gene Gutowski (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

6. Cul-de-sac (1966)  

I saw this movie on TV a few years ago and really enjoyed it. It’s a little bit of a strange story, but I think it works quite well. The film opens with a dead body found in a cul-de-sac in suburban California.

The police have no leads and are getting nowhere with the investigation, so they go to the mother of one of the kids who lives in that neighborhood to ask her if she knows anything about it. She says she doesn’t, but as they leave, she tells them that she has been having an affair with a man at work named Stan.

When they ask her why she would do such a thing, she explains that Stan is married but he doesn’t seem to care about his wife or children. He just wants sex from her, and when he finds out that she is having an affair with another man he gets very angry about it.

So he takes things too far and kills her by pushing her down the stairs when she is waiting for him at home on their anniversary date.

The next day

Cul-De-Sac
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  • Donald Pleasence, Françoise Dorléac, Lionel Stander (Actors)
  • Roman Polanski (Director) - Roman Polanski (Writer) - Gene Gutowski (Producer)
  • Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)

7. The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)

“The Fearless Vampire Killers” is a 1967 horror film directed by Roman Polanski. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Robert W. Chambers and adapted for the screen by Polanski himself.

The story follows a young woman named Evelyn (Sharon Tate) who moves into a house in London with her mother and stepfather, who are members of a cult that worships vampires.

When she meets them, she is told that they are vampires, but they assure her that they are not evil. Evelyn falls ill and eventually dies, but it turns out that she was being poisoned by a real vampire named Jonathan Harker (John Castle). His fellow vampires plan to use Jonathan to kill Count Dracula (Marius Goring),

who has recently been blamed for killing several other young women in London’s West End district. They send their bloodthirsty servant Renfield to meet with Jonathan at his home; however,

Renfield’s insanity causes him to attack both Jonathan and Evelyn before he is subdued by Jonathan’s friends Richard Armitage and Gregory Peck

The Fearless Vampire Killers
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  • Jack MacGowran, Roman Polanski, Alfie Bass (Actors)
  • Roman Polanski (Director) - Roman Polanski (Writer) - Gene Gutowski (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

8. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)       

 Rosemary’s Baby is a 1968 American horror film directed by Roman Polanski, based on Ira Levin’s 1965 novel of the same name. The film stars Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon and Sidney Blackmer.

The story concerns Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow), a young woman who learns that her baby has been delivered with the devil’s help. Rosemary must choose between her faith in God and accepting Satan as an ally instead.

The film was a major commercial success and an enormously influential work in contemporary horror cinema. It won numerous awards, including four Academy Awards for Best Actress (Farrow), Best Director (Polanski) and Best Writing Adapted Screenplay (Levin).

It was nominated for four more awards at the 69th Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor (Cassavetes), Best Supporting Actress (Blackmer) and Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Wendell D. Behr).

   
Rosemary's Baby
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  • Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon (Actors)
  • Roman Polanski (Director) - Ira Levin (Writer) - William Castle (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

9. Macbeth (1971)

As the ambitious man from Poland’s parliament, Zbigniew Cybulski is Macbeth. He is also the film’s dominant presence. He dominates the frame, dominating his co-stars and his director Roman Polanski. Like a great actor, he makes every character he plays seem larger than life by sheer force of personality.

The film’s title is drawn from Shakespeare’s play about an ambitious general who murders his king and then attempts to take over the throne for himself. The play was written during England’s civil war between King Charles I and Parliament and so it has some political overtones which might not be obvious to modern audiences.

Polanski based his interpretation on two different versions of Shakespeare’s play: one by Arthur Miller which won an Oscar in 1964, and one by William Shakespeare which was published during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.

The Tragedy Of Macbeth
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  • Jon Finch, Francesca Annis, Martin Shaw (Actors)
  • Roman Polanski (Director) - Roman Polanski (Writer) - Andrew Braunsberg (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

10.Tess (1979)

“L’amore è una cosa seria,” says the young man in Tess. “It’s a serious matter, love.” The film is based on Thomas Hardy’s novel Tess of the d’Urbervilles, set in the early 19th century. Polanski’s film is one of his most personal and least commercial pictures, with strong echoes of his childhood and adolescence.

Tess is a serious matter indeed — but not necessarily in the way that Polanski intended it to be taken. It has been called an allegory about sex, but it also seems to be about social class and money as well as sexual attraction. In fact, there are several ways to interpret the film:

as an ironic take on Victorian society that uses Tess as its scapegoat; as a satire on religion (particularly Catholicism); or simply as a conventional love story between two people who happen to be engaged in a social revolt against their own society.

Tess
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Nastassia Kinski, Peter Firth, Leigh Lawson (Actors)
  • Roman Polanski (Director) - Gérard Brach (Writer) - Claude Berri (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

11.Pirates (1986)

Polanski’s second film, Pirates is a brilliant, dark comedy that stars John Malkovich as a wrongly accused murderer who escapes prison to find his wife (Shirley MacLaine) and daughter. However, the fun is short-lived.

The film’s plot involves an elaborate heist, along with an escape from prison and a series of murders on board ship. It’s a great film that’s easy to enjoy despite its dark themes.

The movie begins with an introduction to the main character: Jean-Francois de la Croix (Malkovich). He’s been in prison for over a year, where he lives with other prisoners and guards alike. At one point, he meets up with his wife Giselle (MacLaine) and daughter Celine (Irene Jacob).

The three go on land together to visit a friend of Giselle’s named Maurice (Charlie Sheen), who tells them that they’ve been living in sin after their marriage ended because they were unable to have children. As it turns out, the reason they can’t have children has more to do with their past than anything else

Pirates of Roman Polanski
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  • Walter Matthau, Cris Campion, Damien Thomas (Actors)
  • Roman Polanski (Director)
  • Portuguese, English, Spanish (Playback Languages)
  • Portuguese, English, Spanish (Subtitles)

12.Frantic (1988)

Frantic is a 1988 American crime thriller film directed by Roman Polanski. It stars Harrison Ford, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Diane Ladd. The film was released theatrically in the United States by Sony Pictures Classics on April 25, 1988.

The screenplay was written based on the novel Frantic by Hanns Heinz Ewers, which tells the story of a mans obsession with a woman who has died in childbirth.

The novel had previously been adapted as a film twice before; first in 1926 as The Criminal Passion of Andrzej Wajda and again in 1945 as I Walked with a Zombie directed by Jacques Tourneur.

Frantic received generally positive reviews from critics who praised Ford’s performance and Polanski’s direction but were divided on other aspects of the film including its pace and style of filming.

Frantic (1988)
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  • Harrison Ford, Betty Buckley, Emmanuelle Seigner (Actors)
  • Roman Polanski (Director) - Roman Polanski (Writer) - Thom Mount (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

13.Bitter Moon (1992)

This is a film that is hard to describe. It’s a crime drama, but it doesn’t have the usual crime genre trappings. The main character is a man named Steven Warshawski (Johnny Depp), and he’s on the run from the law after he killed his wife and her lover.

He moves from city to city using aliases and eventually ends up in San Francisco where he falls in love with a woman named Claireece Preciado (Dianne Wiest).

There’s more to this movie than just that though. The plot takes place over several years, starting from when Steven was 21 years old and working as a repo man for car loans.

He becomes involved with some criminals who are also repo men and ends up killing them when they try to kill him. After that he goes on the run again and finds himself in San Francisco where he meets up with Claireece again. They start dating, but then Steven realizes that she might be an undercover cop who has been following him all along!

Bitter Moon
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Peter Coyote, Hugh Grant, Emmanuelle Seigner (Actors)
  • Roman Polanski (Director) - Roman Polanski (Writer) - Roman Polanski (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

14.Death and the Maiden (1994)

 The film is based on a novel by Andrzejewski and is Polanski’s adaptation of the classic play by Polish writer Ludwik Krzywicki. The protagonist of the story is a young man named Wanda who has recently been widowed, and as such, he has transformed into a woman.

He begins to receive anonymous letters from an unknown person that tell him that he will meet his death on March 1, 1939 at 3:00 p.m., and that the one who kills him will be rewarded with a large sum of money. Wanda attempts to find out who sent him these letters,

which leads him to an old friend from his past days in the army named Andrzej, who tries to help him get rid of the letters by giving them to another friend named Tadeusz (Wojciech Pszoniak), who also happens to be a member of the Polish resistance movement.

The two men hatch a plan wherein they will pretend that they have been killed during one of their missions for their resistance activities (although they do not know what mission they are supposed to take part in).

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  • Death And The Maiden (1994)
  • Death & The Maiden
  • Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, Stuart Wilson (Actors)
  • Roman Polanski (Director) - Death And The Maiden (1994) ( Death & The Maiden ) (Producer)

15.The Ninth Gate (1999)          

In his latest film, director Roman Polanski takes us deep into the mind of a notorious serial killer. Michael Caine plays Father Brown, who is called in to investigate when a priest goes missing.

The Catholic Church has recently been hit with several scandals that have made it seem as though they are involved in some sort of cover-up.

Father Brown soon discovers that the Church’s secret may be much darker than anyone could imagine.

Polanski uses his skills as a filmmaker to create an extremely suspenseful and thrilling film. His ability to create realistic characters who are easy to sympathize with makes this movie one that will stick with you for many years after you see it. He also does an excellent job at creating a creepy atmosphere throughout the entire film.

16.The Pianist (2002)   

The Pianist (2002) Roman Polanski is a movie that portrays the extraordinary story of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew who survived the Warsaw ghetto and Nazi concentration camps.

The film was directed by Roman Polanski and stars Adrien Brody as Szpilman. It was nominated for three Oscars at the 81st Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Best Director.

The Pianist was based on Szpilman’s autobiography, “The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man’s Survival After World War II”, which he wrote while he was in hiding from Nazi Germany after being released from Auschwitz concentration camp.

It is set against the backdrop of World War II Poland and follows Szpilman’s involvement with Jewish resistance fighters in his native Warsaw.

After being taken prisoner by the Germans during World War II, Szpilman was transported to several concentration camps where he spent time in various labor camps before being shipped off to Auschwitz concentration camp where he spent six months there until its liberation by Soviet forces in January 1945.

Following his release from prison after serving five years following his arrest by Nazis

The Pianist
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  • Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay (Actors)
  • Roman Polanski (Director)
  • (Playback Language)

17.Oliver Twist (2005) 

 Oliver Twist is a 2005 British-Polish film directed by Roman Polanski, based on the novel of the same name by Charles Dickens. The film’s screenplay was written by Polanski and novelist Wojciech Zielinski, and its original score composed by Alexandre Desplat.

The film is about a young orphan boy who gets involved in a criminal gang led by Fagin (John C. Reilly), as he tries to escape from the harsh life at an orphanage. His parents were recently executed for theft, but his friend Richard Mayhew tries to help him find his real family.

The film received mixed reviews from critics, but it was well received at its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, where it won the Golden Lion award for Best Film and went on to win several more awards including Best Actor for Reilly and Best Actress for Emma Thompson.

Oliver Twist
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Ben Kingsley, Barney Clark, Jamie Foreman (Actors)
  • Roman Polanski (Director) - Robert Benmussa (Producer)
  • (Playback Language)
  • Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)

18.To Each His Own Cinema (2007)

The fourth feature film by Polish director Roman Polanski is a quiet, intimate drama about three people who meet in a small apartment in Paris. The camera lingers on their faces and bodies as they talk,

move around the room, make love and eat breakfast. The film is almost one long tableau, with no dialogue or action but for the characters’ expressions and interactions.

Polanski’s films are known for their psychological intensity, but this one has a particularly intense focus on the way that people communicate with each other through body language whether it’s through gestures or facial expressions.

It’s a dynamic that comes across strongly in To Each His Own Cinema , which was filmed in black-and-white rather than color so that viewers could focus more on the details of their faces while they were talking to each other.

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19.The Ghost Writer (2010)

Roman Polanski’s The Ghost Writer, based on a true story, is a gripping political thriller about a former British prime minister who agrees to ghostwrite his memoirs for a very wealthy man.

As the two men do their work, conflicts emerge between them over what the book should contain and who should get credit for it.

The film has many interesting themes and ideas. It’s about political leaders, but also about authors and their works. It’s about power and corruption, but also about love and commitment. And it’s about how we remember history, both our own and that of others.

I think one of the most important themes in this movie is how much power people give up when they write books or memoirs. They have to be willing to say things they don’t necessarily want everyone else to hear or read. They have to be willing to reveal things in public that they might not have wanted anyone else to know until years later.

Another theme is that this story isn’t just about politics; it’s also about personal relationships between people, especially those who are close friends or family members. Some of these relationships are very complicated; some are simple; some

The Ghost Writer
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  • Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Jon Bernthal (Actors)
  • Roman Polanski (Director) - Robert Harris (Writer) - Robert Benmussa (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

20.Carnage (2011)

Carnage is a 2011 French crime thriller film directed by Roman Polanski, who also stars in the lead role. It is based on a book by Patrick Lecornu and Jean-Pierre Dionnet.

The film was released in France on April 7, 2011. It was screened out of competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where it received mixed reviews from critics.

The film opens with a woman named Hélène (Emmanuelle Béart), locked inside a house with her two children and husband, being attacked by an unseen assailant who kills her husband with a meat cleaver.

Her two children are found dead in their beds; one has been stabbed and another has drowned in the bathtub. She herself has been brutally beaten over the head with an iron bar, leaving her barely conscious.

However, she survives long enough for her neighbour Michel (Roman Polanski) to find her dying body lying on his doorstep and take it back to his apartment where he tends to her wounds while waiting for police to arrive. When they do arrive she tells them that she cannot remember anything about what happened to her other than that she went out shopping alone earlier that day and returned home

Carnage
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  • Jodie Foster, Joe Rezwin, Kate Winslet (Actors)
  • Roman Polanski (Director) - Said Ben Said (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

21.Venus in Fur (2013)

 In the late ’80s, when he was just starting out in Hollywood, Roman Polanski was asked to direct a film adaptation of a popular play. He accepted and started writing the script.

The project was delayed for years because of legal issues — Polanski had been convicted in Poland for statutory rape and having sex with an underage girl — but at last it was ready to go.

The play was Venus in Fur, by French playwright David Ives, and it told the story of two men (one played by Gary Oldman) who go to a remote town where they meet a young woman (played by Emmanuelle Seigner) who seems to know more than she should about them.

Polanski’s screenplay added some scenes that weren’t in the play — one included an encounter between the two men and a female investigator (Diane Venora) who says she has been hired by a wealthy old man whose daughter has disappeared.

For years after he completed Venus in Fur, Polanski kept trying to get Hollywood executives interested in making it into a movie. No one wanted to take on such controversial material  especially not from an exiled Polish director who had lived abroad for years but eventually someone did:

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22.D’après une histoire vraie (I) (2017)

Roman Polanski is a Polish-French director and screenwriter. His films have earned more than 200 awards in film festivals worldwide. The Pianist (2002), for which he won three Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay;

The Ghost Writer (2010); and Carnage (2011) were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, while his other works include Frantic (1988), The Ninth Gate (1999), Bitter Moon (1992) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006).

Polanski was originally named Rajmund Roman Thierry Polański when he changed his name at age 5. He was born on 17 December 1933 in Zürich, Switzerland, to Polish Jewish parents Marta Żmichowska and Ryszard Polański, who ran a family confectionery store.

They were distant members of the Polish nobility and were forced to leave Poland before World War II began. His mother was a non-practicing Catholic.

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  • Based on a True Story (2017)
  • D'après une histoire vraie
  • Vincent Perez, Dominique Pinon, Emmanuelle Seigner (Actors)
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23.An Officer and a Spy (2019)

 The first time I saw “An Officer and a Spy” was when it came out in France in 1951. It was the first film by Polanski; he had just turned twenty-one, and already he was one of the great directors of his generation. His work has always been experimental, but in this film he takes that notion to an extreme: it’s not just a piece of filmmaking, it’s a work of art.

The film is about two people who meet on Napoleon’s retreat from Russia. One is a spy for the Russians and the other is an officer on Napoleon’s staff. They fall in love with each other, but what they don’t realize is that they both have secrets that could destroy them both.

Their story unfolds against a backdrop of war, with battles being fought all around them as they try to find each other again after being separated for so long.

Polanski’s use of sound as an integral part of the film gives it a feeling of timelessness; there are so many scenes where nothing happens except for music or sound effects (for example, when they’re together at night), but there’s never any sense that anything has been left out because they’re too busy going through their relationship

Characteristics of Roman Polanski Movies

 The most important characteristic of all of Roman Polanski’s movies is that, in his own words, they are “tender.” Polanski’s tenderness has been described as “a way of seeing, a way of listening.” His films are about emotions and relationships.

The tenderness in these films is not just a matter of mood; it is also a technical achievement. The director uses the camera to show us the world through our own eyes and ears.

In Rosemary’s Baby (1968), for example, we see the streets at night through Rosemary’s eyes. We hear her thoughts as she walks down them. And we see how she reacts to things around her: the trees, the sky and other people’s faces.

Polanski often uses light and shadow to create an emotional impact on his audience. For example, in Repulsion (1965), there are scenes where objects cast shadows over characters’ faces; these shadows turn them into monsters who cannot be trusted or befriended by others because they have no faces left except those shadows on their own bodies.

Best Roman Polanski Movies – Wrapping Up

Roman Polanski is a cinematic master. He has made some truly great films, and we are lucky enough to have several of them in this list. T

here are many more that are still worth seeing, but these are the ones Roman Polanski fans will want to see the most.

 

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