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Psychosexual Border Crossings

George Heymont | Posted 09.26.2014 | Arts
George Heymont

Two new films deal with directors whose brash exploitation of others and internal confusion about themselves blur the lines between fantasy and reality. In each film, the results are fascinating and sexually provocative.

Emmanuelle Seigner in Venus in Fur: The Interview

Regina Weinreich | Posted 08.20.2014 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Most theater does not translate well into film. The film genre invites expansion and theater can feel claustrophobic. Unless claustrophobic is what you want as in the case of Roman Polanski's adaptation of David Ives' stage play inspired by Sacher-Masoch's novel, Venus in Fur.

Venus in Fur: The Master and the Muse

Camila Gibran | Posted 08.20.2014 | Arts
Camila Gibran

The first time I ever saw Emmanuelle Seigner I was a 15 year old grunge kid, and she was the gorgeous vulnerable seductress Mimi, intertwined in her husband Roman Polanski's fatally passionate love story Bitter Moon.

Week in Film: Third Person, Jersey Boys and More

Marshall Fine | Posted 08.18.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Having never seen the stage version of the jukebox musical on which it was based (in its 10th year on Broadway), I still felt that I was getting a representative feel for that show, as filtered through Eastwood's flinty consciousness. But that doesn't make it a good movie.

The Sexual Battlefield of Polanski's Venus in Fur

Erica Abeel | Posted 07.01.2014 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

The terrific new Venus in Fur, an erotic two-hander (adapted from David Ives' hit play, itself adapted from Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's 1870 novella), follows a director and an actress as they jostle for domination, ever raising the stakes, in the single locale of a darkened Parisian theater.

Live From the Tribeca Film Festival

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.22.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Not to label it a leftover festival, but there is the sense that the movies in Tribeca have either already had their debut elsewhere or, more to the point, didn't have a debut elsewhere because they didn't make the cut. Still, I always enjoy the opportunity that Tribeca affords me as a critic and curator.

Cannes 2013: Polanski's "Venus in Fur"

Karin Badt | Posted 07.26.2013 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

The camera pans down a stormy rainy tree-lined street in Paris, leading us directly to the doors of a dilapidated theater, as lightning strikes and Al...

Movie Review: In the House

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.18.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Initially seeming like a comedy about the vicarious voyeurism of a literature teacher at a Paris high school, it casually transforms itself into something else: a psychological thriller of sorts, in which what is real is never quite clear and never particularly important.

Mighty Movie Podcast: Francois Ozon on In the House

Dan Persons | Posted 06.14.2013 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

French filmmaker Francois Ozon is once again messing with your mind, telling a tale of envy, desire, and literary license in In the House.

Roman Polanski At Swiss Jazz Festival

AP | BRADLEY S. KLAPPER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

MONTREUX, Switzerland — Roman Polanski has made his first public appearance since being released this week from house arrest, attending the Mont...

The Ghost(s): Of Tony Blair, Roman Polanski, and A War on Terror

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer is one of the best films I've seen in recent years. Yet it seems unlikely, at least in America, to break out beyond the art house hit status.

Polanski's Wife: Our Worst Moments Are Over

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

WARSAW, Poland — The wife of Roman Polanski says she believes the 32-year-old sexual abuse case against her husband will be finished soon. Fren...

Roman Polanksi's Wife: His Jailing Changed Me, Terrifed Our Children

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

WARSAW, Poland — Roman Polanski's wife said her husband's imprisonment in a 32-year-old sexual abuse case has diminished her carefree spirit and...

Roman Polanski Wife: He's A 'Marvelous Husband' And 'Impeccable Man'

AP | ELAINE GANLEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

PARIS — Film director Roman Polanski's wife said she "understands perfectly" that women have been shocked by the 32-year-old sex case revived by her...