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Trailer for Roman Polanski's Venus in Fur is brimming with sexual tension

04.04.2014

Roman Polanski is a director I cannot quite figure out. I mean, the guy has directed everything from noir like CHINATOWN to horror like ROSEMARY'S BABY with all sorts of distinct projects in between. His most recent film, VENUS IN FUR, adapts an award-winning play, much like his previous film, the excellent CARNAGE.

Unlike CARNAGE, VENUS IN FUR is subtitled as the film was produced and performed in French. Starring Polanski's wife, Emmanuelle Seigner, and QUANTUM OF SOLACE's Mathieu Amalric, the movie follows an erotic standoff between a playwright and the woman auditioning for a role in his latest project.

Alone in a Paris theater after a long day of auditioning actresses for the lead role in his new play, writer-director Thomas (Mathieu Amalric) complains about the poor caliber of talent he has seen. As Thomas is about to leave the theater, Vanda (Emmanuelle Seigner) bursts in, a whirlwind of erratic—and, it turns out, erotic—energy. When Thomas agrees, reluctantly, to let her try out for the part, he is stunned and captivated by her transformation. Not only is Vanda a perfect fit (even sharing the character’s name), but she apparently has researched the role exhaustively—down to buying props, reading source materials and learning every line by heart. The likeness proves to be much more than skin-deep. As the extended “audition” builds momentum, Thomas moves from attraction to obsession… Adapted from the Tony Award-winning play by David Ives.

While some of you may scoff at subtitled fare, VENUS IN FUR looks like one hell of a fine acted film. Like some of the best underseen Roman Polanski projects like DEATH AND THE MAIDEN, VENUS IN FUR relies on a lot of talking to get across the drama and tension. It takes a lot of acting talent to pull of a project like this and Seigner and Amalric look like they pull it off beautifully. Hopefully Polanski gets another big studio project someday because he still has one hell of an eye.

VENUS IN FUR hits theaters on June 20th.

Source: The Film Stage

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2:08PM on 04/05/2014

Polanski and Salva

I will not watch any of the films they make, due to the crimes against children. I can forgive many things, but hurting children is not acceptable. Roman Polanski and Victor Salva are scum
I will not watch any of the films they make, due to the crimes against children. I can forgive many things, but hurting children is not acceptable. Roman Polanski and Victor Salva are scum
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4:44PM on 04/05/2014
You need to watch the roman polanski documentary. It's not black and white. He was still prolly making a bad decision, or at least a questionable one, but there is a LOT that was fucked about the entire case and really should have been dismissed, or at least granted a new judge and jury. And it never looks good when the "victim" has made accusations of the same thing towards multiple famous/rich people. We weren't there, so who really knows what happened, but I think he made a bad-stupid
You need to watch the roman polanski documentary. It's not black and white. He was still prolly making a bad decision, or at least a questionable one, but there is a LOT that was fucked about the entire case and really should have been dismissed, or at least granted a new judge and jury. And it never looks good when the "victim" has made accusations of the same thing towards multiple famous/rich people. We weren't there, so who really knows what happened, but I think he made a bad-stupid decision (and that she MOST DEF knew what was going on and what she was going to do immediately after), not a monstrous one. I also can't personally judge a fucking holocaust survivor, who witnessed countless murders, and lost his parents and prolly lots of other family members and friends. Especially one who escapes that life to fall madly in love, only to have his pregnant wife stabbed to death in an incredibly savage matter - maybe the most brutal American murders of the last 40 years - maybe the history of the country. Does that make it ok for him to rape and/or murder someone? Absolutely not. But I can understand that he would be pretty disturbed, and it's hard for me to hold judgement against him. Listen, I'd be the first in line to throw the rock at a chomo, but never without investigation of the case, and the person. Salva's case is actually pretty black and white, but I'd advise you to learn ab the actual case of EVERY conviction or charge before you speak your mind, and also find out about the alleged criminal's life. No experience will ever make rape and murder ok, but the truth is most chomo's have SERIOUS mental health problems and they really don't understand the extent of what they are doing, and the media doesn't say anything about that. That's unfortunate in many ways, and sad all around. On one side we have (the majority of the time) an innocent child who's been traumatized, and is going to have problems for awhile. On the other side there's a lot of older men who are very close to being mentally retarded and they didn't have the resources to get the care they needed. So just lock them up in prison for decades, not giving them any help? It's a fucked situation all the way around, and that's unfortunately the only option. There are legit predator chomos though, no doubt. Anyway, I'm all for judging ppl, but I'm personally going to find out all the information before I do to avoid being ignorant
6:05PM on 04/05/2014
He drugged, then anally raped a 14 year-old girl. Exactly what about that crosses the line from "bad decision" to criminal act?

BTW, if you're one of those "blame the victim because I like the perpetrator" types, Charlotte Lewis is on record saying he did the same thing to her when she was underage.
He drugged, then anally raped a 14 year-old girl. Exactly what about that crosses the line from "bad decision" to criminal act?

BTW, if you're one of those "blame the victim because I like the perpetrator" types, Charlotte Lewis is on record saying he did the same thing to her when she was underage.
1:29PM on 04/05/2014
If the man didn't make some of my favorite movies of all time, I'd find it easy to write him off for his crimes.
If the man didn't make some of my favorite movies of all time, I'd find it easy to write him off for his crimes.
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7:16PM on 04/04/2014
If I was going to cast an actor for a bio of Polanski, that would be the guy.
If I was going to cast an actor for a bio of Polanski, that would be the guy.
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5:11PM on 04/04/2014

Can't see it

I made a stand long ago that I would never support that man.

Business trumps morality in Hollywood I suppose.
I made a stand long ago that I would never support that man.

Business trumps morality in Hollywood I suppose.
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5:00PM on 04/05/2014
You think this movie and carnage made a lot of business? That this foreign film has a lot to do with fucking Hollywood? You do understand that, although Hollywood has studios and film companies, and makes films, that it doesn't mean they make every film? And also that Hollywood is in California, which is in the USA, which is an English speaking country? Typically, Hollywood films don't produce films that are completely spoken in a different language. That's not great business when your
You think this movie and carnage made a lot of business? That this foreign film has a lot to do with fucking Hollywood? You do understand that, although Hollywood has studios and film companies, and makes films, that it doesn't mean they make every film? And also that Hollywood is in California, which is in the USA, which is an English speaking country? Typically, Hollywood films don't produce films that are completely spoken in a different language. That's not great business when your audience speaks English The Clif, that's why they remake them. Biz trumps Hollywood - that's why Mel Gibson has been making so many movies recently? Nobody can judge Roman Polanski (but "god"). I personally don't know of anyone else that has had a more traumatic life. I'm surprised he can even speak one language, let alone two, and probably more. As products of our environment, we can't expect ourselves to act better than our environment acts. EVEN with that said, that case had plenty of reasonable doubt. Nothing you said makes logical sense except that you formed a strong opinion after someone told you a sentence...at least your not alone in that
6:12PM on 04/05/2014
So again you're searching for excuses as to why it's okay to drug and anally rape a 14 year-old girl? I don't understand what it is that compels people to defend child molesters.

BTW, as I pointed out above, his victim in California was hardly the only one.
So again you're searching for excuses as to why it's okay to drug and anally rape a 14 year-old girl? I don't understand what it is that compels people to defend child molesters.

BTW, as I pointed out above, his victim in California was hardly the only one.
4:47PM on 04/04/2014
He is still a rapist.
He is still a rapist.
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