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

Photo of Beth Hanna 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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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.