Venus in Fur Dir. Roman Polanski [IFC Films; 2013] by Gram Hummell Rating: A long tracking shot supernaturally drifts into a derelict theater on a stormy night in Paris. Thomas (Mathieu Amalric), a frustrated playwright with his first directing gig, is about to call it quits after a full day of shoddy auditions for the lead role. Show More Summary
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Welcome to Roman Polanski's hall of mirrors. David Ives' play Venus in Fur is a two-hander, set in a theatre, about a director auditioning an actress...
When most directors scout locations for upcoming projects, they worry about things like lighting, background and tax credits. When Roman Polanski does it, he has to worry about extradition agreements, which is why his next film, An Officer...Show More Summary
For a director, choosing where to film a movie is a crucial step in the process. Do the rolling green hills of New Zealand look enough like Middle Earth for the Lord Of The Rings movies? Does that Chinese hotel look enough like America...Show More Summary
Brilliantdirector/horriblepersonRomanPolanskiishoping toshoot hisnextfeatureinPoland,buthasaskedforassurancesfromthePolishgovernmentthathewillnotextraditedtotheU.S.forthe1977rapeofa13-year-oldgirl.Polanski’snextfilmis abiopicaboutAlShow More Summary
The octogenarian director, still wanted in America on 40-year-old statutory rape charges, plans to film a biopic about a 19th-century French military officer falsely accused of espionage. read more
Here’s the paradox of masochism: in order to be dominated and treated cruelly and physically harmed in a way that satisfies their fantasies, the masochist must make certain demands of the person to whom they’re ostensibly submitting....Show More Summary
When the Roman Polanski rape case resurfaced, Whoopi Goldberg coined the term “rape-rape” to describe the difference between the kind of rape she opposed and the kind she was okay with because it had been perpetrated by someone she liked. In the political world the cases of Clarence Thomas and Bill Clinton showed how liberals […]
Roman Polanski didn't want to do it, and there was almost no Chinatown at all
French actress Emmanuelle Seigner made her first big splash on the international film scene in 1988 when she was plucked from obscurity by renowned director Roman Polanski to serve as his leading lady in the thriller "Frantic." (TheShow More Summary
Definitely not a weekend to remember, with newcomers and recent holdovers coming in mostly flat. Roman Polanski was the weekend’s star addition, though that wasn’t hard: Sundance Selects’ Venus In Fur grossed over $26K, averaging $13,100 per screen. Show More Summary
This weekend, Roman Polanski’s reimagining of David Ives’ … Read More
Most theater does not translate well into film. The film genre invites expansion and theater can feel claustrophobic. Unless claustrophobic is what you want as in the case of Roman Polanski's adaptation of David Ives' stage play inspired...Show More Summary
This is another edition of Short Starts, where we present a weekly short film(s) from the start of a filmmaker or actor’s career. Today marks both the U.S. theatrical release of Venus and Fur and the 40th anniversary of the U.S. theatrical release of Chinatown. Show More Summary
Come take a tour of Roman Polanski's Chinatown with Curbed LA's latest movie map, which outlines seedy PI Jake Gittes' noir romp through the city. Released 40 years ago today, the movie's real life film locations—from posh Pasadena estates to...
The "Venus in Fur" star on feminism, her career, and shooting sex scenes directed by her husband, Roman Polanski
Before you even start watching Roman Polanski’s Venus in Fur, an adaptation of David Ives’ Tony-nominated 2010 play inspired by the 1870 novel by Austrian author and kink pioneer Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, there are a lot of layers to peel back. Show More Summary
It’s not hard to guess why Roman Polanski was moved to make a film of David Ives’s brilliantly silly play Venus in Fur. The tale of an arrogant male writer-director who’s increasingly emasculated by an auditioning actress, the project offers a juicy role for his wife, Emmanuelle Seigner, and an... More »
You'd be hard pressed to imagine a more seemingly perfect match of director and material than Roman Polanski and "Venus in Fur." Too bad it isn't a wickeder, subtler, more imaginative movie. Polanski's second stage adaptation in a row (after "Carnage") is a two-character play set almost entirely within a Paris theater, and mostly on a stage. Show More Summary