Often beautiful to look at it in sumptuous black and white, Polanski's first film, a three-hander, already maintains a chilly distance from the characters. The distance between the characters is also probed, as two men (husband and the young hitchhiker) variously brag about their abilities or show off in front of the wife. The camera catches the sunlight and provides a tactile sense of reality, but everything is surfaces and, in the end, no one has been let inside.
I have to admit to enjoying Polanski's later films more than this one. Slow with cloudy character motivations. I didn't get into this, but the stark b
A definite classic but painstakingly slow and anti-climatic.
This great movie is as fresh as the day it was made. Men can be just the same these days, and I am sure women find competitive machismo just as irritating as ever. I just pray that there is never a Hollywood remake. That is always the danger with a timeless masterpiece like this.
Hmm. Seems to have dated since we saw it in the 60's.Rather stilted, and B&W of course. It shows a distinct change of male/female dynamics since that time, though the male/male dominance is still alive and well. One thing always fascinates me -- where is the fun in owning a yacht?
Actually I'm biased I love great directors but Polanski's first film is not for everybody - it's polish is subtitled & it's in black & white, but the look of it is just astounding. It takes us to another world, so the absurd trivialities of the 3 lone characters seem normal. His accomplishment is all the more amazing considering the difficulty he had coaxing a performance from the woman actor who was not a professional. There is an uneasy feeling I had of the imagined world outside the frame. Is it the feeling Polanski & his country had under communist rule? or is it the feeling we all have at some time alone in the natural world? The Black & White look increases the oppressive feeling of the film, as well as making it compulsive viewing.
Suspenseful, small budget little good looking black and white film directed by a master
How different from the mindless "chewing gum for the eyes" numbing our minds...