Catherine la Grande: Deneuve in person at LACMA 1


Preparing to see Catherine Deneuve appear in person in conjunction with a screening of “Potiche,” her new film directed by François Ozon, we swung by the museum late Friday night to see Roman Polanski’s “Repulsion” . . . a perfect movie.

Ian Birnie, film curator responsible for the museum’s Deneuve retrospective, shares his view on “Repulsion”:

“It’s brilliant. And dramatically so well constructed. Everything introduced in the beginning – the cracks, the potatoes, the rabbits, the sound through the walls – re-appears later in demented form. And I love Polanski’s ‘outsider”s view of London — all two-story brick buildings next to poured concrete towers, filled with surreal sights like the long shot of the buskers. The b&w cinematography beautifully evokes those kitchen-sink Brit films of the late ’50s, early ’60s but with a shot of Kafka and Beckett. And has Deneuve ever been better directed? You can practically feel Polanski right outside the frame.”

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One comment on “Catherine la Grande: Deneuve in person at LACMA

  1. Arlene Vidor Mar 16,2011 7:33 pm

    Repulsion is a brilliant film. Black Swan was an attempt to make a film like Repulsion, but it fell far short in my opinion.

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