Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Roman Polanski's Short Film for Prada

Roman Polanski's latest entry for the Cannes Film Festival, billed as a "new work" and presented before the screening of a new print of his 1979 film Tess, is a short film entitled "A Therapy."  At less than four minutes, co-written with Ron Harwood, and starring Ben Kingsley and Helena Bonham-Carter (winners or nominees of Oscars and BAFTAs all of 'em), is this a short film, or is it instead a glorious advertisement?

Polanski's early short films, made in the 1950s and early 1960s when he was a film student in Poland, showed a precocious mastery of the form and are still watchable today.  This new film too is watchable, but not quite the revelation that those early films were.

Nonetheless, for your viewing pleasure...

Among Polanski's shorts, I especially recommend you see "Two Men and a Wardrobe" and "The Lamp," available along with others in this collection.

Here, below, is "Two Men and a Wardrobe."  Look for a young Polanski as the second assailant.

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