polanski said it was the film that was the most painful for him to make. however painful it may have been, the result is superb. when i first saw it, of course the total lack of eroticism or sensuality when sigourney weaver takes of her panties and put it in ben kingsley's mouth was so shocking i nearly couldn't continue to watch. a brilliant scene.
Strong stuff. At the end. No sorrows, no apologies, no regrets. God damn it; the motherfucker even enjoyed it. That's about the story. The other thing is, with regard to the implementation: it takes 35 minutes to come to the point & Steward Wilson can't make it. Although it's about guilt, pain & revenge somehow the emotion lacks.
Polanski succeeds in creating a lot of doubt and tension through the severe restriction of knowledge and the bleak aesthetic. What bugged me though was the large amount of monologues which made it unnecessarily melodramatic at times.
My first impression when reading its synopsis, I thought this movie would feel boring at certain point. Because its use of minimalist setting. But I was wrong. I was quite surprised when DEATH AND THE MAIDEN turned out to be a great movie. It's a shame. Because this movie was overshadowed by the director's other movie. Such as CHINATOWN or ROSEMARY'S BABY. Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley are really fantastic...
I felt it was a bit rough. I didn't believe in Paulina's tragedy, the doctor character felt somehow artificial plus I hated the fact it was set somewhere in South America, yet all they spoke was English (it's not a theatre after all).
Una stanza,una sedia,uno stereo e 3 persone:se sei un fuoriclasse come zio Roman riesci a creare un thriller psicologico grandioso anche avendo a disposizione solo questo;é tutto una sequenza di sguardi,azioni e reazioni,colpi e contraccolpi che il regista gestisce splendidamente,dosando il tempo e lo spazio da par suo.Bellissimi i dialoghi esterni con la persona attraverso il vetro.Un Polanski in stato di grazia.4*