Summoning up the sinister from beneath the veneer of normalcy has always been Roman Polanski’s specialty, so it’s no surprise that the great director does such a smashing job of putting Yasmina Reza’s 2009 Tony-winning play God of Carnage on the screen. With the expert cast of Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christopher Waltz and John C. Reilly, Reza’s explosively comic X-ray of the anger and venality lying just under the surface of the outwardly civilized behavior of two New York City couples has been fully realized. Returning to the New York Film Festival with a feature for the first time since he presented his debut work, Knife in the Water, at the very first festival in 1963, Polanski pries open the true nature of these characters in something of a companion piece to his previous New York-set film, Rosemary’s Baby. Although it was filmed in Paris, the Brooklyn locale is as convincingly rendered as are the alternately uproarious and devastating revelations of human nature. –NYFF
The son of a Polish Jew and a Russian immigrant, Polanski was born in Paris on August 18, 1933. When he was three, his family moved to the Polish town of Krakow, an unfortunate decision given that the Germans invaded the city in 1940. Things went from bad to worse with the formation of Krakow’s Jewish ghetto, and Polanski’s family was the target of further persecution when his parents were deported to a concentration camp. Just before he was to be taken away, however, Polanski’s father helped his son escape, and the boy managed to survive with help from kindly Catholic families, although he was at times forced to fend for himself. (At one point, the Germans decided to use Polanski for idle target practice.) It was during this period that Polanski became a devoted cinephile, seeking refuge in movie houses whenever possible. Shortly after sustaining serious injuries in an explosion, Polanski learned of his mother’s death at Auschwitz. His father survived the camps, and moved back to Krakow… read more
Fantastico. Tenere così alto un ritmo del genere per un'ora con solo una stanza a disposizione è impresa clamorosa. Riesce ad infilare in un crescendo magnifico molte delle le contraddizioni della società attuale, con gente bella fuori e marcia dentro. Ipocrisia e falsità in un susseguirsi di dialoghi feroci e taglienti, con punte di strepitosa ilarità.
Perversely setting another film in a fantasy New York created in studios and with computers, Roman Polanski, adapting a play by Yasmina Reza
The main point of contention seems to be: Is it cinema (or cinematic) or not?
A look at the posters for the films in the main slate of this year’s New York Film Festival.
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Two couples, one apartment in Brooklyn, an 18 year-old single malt Scotch and Roman Polanski.
Polanski “hasn’t broken a sweat” adapting Yasmina Reza’s hit play with an all-star cast.
Notes on the full lineup of this year’s New York Film Festival.
Last week, right in the middle of the Cannes Film Festival, when half the world's film journalists were taking in the new Terrence Malick and
Veteran director Roman Polanski has crafted a notable canon of tight, claustrophobic thrillers, so it comes as no surprise that he ended up filming Yasmin Reza’s stage play Le Dieu Du Carnage. That… read review
Polanski’s “Carnage” feels like a trifle. It’s a good film, well-constructed and with superb acting. Though one wonders what it would have been with better comedic performers. Likely it would have… read review
Country: France, Germany, Poland, Spain
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director: Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski… read review