Repulsion (1/27, 9:15pm)

Part of the great horror upheaval of the 1960s, Roman Polanski’s first English-language film has lost none of its power to unnerve modern viewers. As well, Repulsion is Polanski’s initial foray into the realm of “apartment horrors”, which continued with Rosemary’s Baby and The Tenant, two later classics of equal footing. Here, the tortured protagonist is Carole (Catherine Deneuve), a harried French girl living in London, who recoils from the touch of men and furiously brushes her teeth after an unwelcome kiss. After her more sexually experienced sister takes off for the weekend (with the semi-sleazy boyfriend whose amorous activities keep Carole awake at night), Carole slowly goes to pieces — and those unlucky enough to enter the apartment during her breakdown encounter a very nasty surprise. Often compared to Psycho (its closest counterpart), Polanski’s film has been more fortunate over the years in that, despite a few feeble attempts, it simply cannot be copied or sequelized. The inventive use of disorienting sound (on par with Robert Wise’s The Haunting) is the perfect complement to the film’s judicious mixture of slow, subtle chills and sudden shocks. You owe it to yourself to take in Repulsion’s full incredible effect with us on the Cinefamily big screen. Brand-new 35mm print!
Dir. Roman Polanski, 1965, 35mm, 105 min.

Watch the trailer for “Repulsion”!