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Watch: Roman Polanski's Striking 1957 Short Film 'Murder'

Thompson on Hollywood By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 2, 2013 at 3:46PM

Check out Roman Polanski's student short film "Murder," made in 1957. Silent, black-and-white and only a minute in duration, the film shows what the title promises with queasy bluntness...
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Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski

Check out Roman Polanski's student short film "Murder," made in 1957. Silent, black-and-white and only a minute in duration, the film shows what the title promises with queasy bluntness.

"Murder" is the first of eight early Polanski shorts included in the video below. The films are part of the special features on Anchor Bay's 2003 Polanski DVD box set, which also includes "Knife in the Water," "Repulsion" and "Cul-de-Sac."

Polanski is best-known for 1968's "Rosemary's Baby" and 1974's "Chinatown," as well as 2002's "The Pianist," for which he won the Oscar for Best Director.

The director, 79, is currently filming "Venus in Fur" with French actors Emmanuelle Seigner and Louis Garrel. It centers on an actress attempting to secure the lead role in a film. Also in the works is "D," chronicling the Dreyfus Affair.

This article is related to: Video, Roman Polanski, Video, Classics, Shorts, Short Film


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