Hosted by Tom Hyland of Cinema Directives
The Tenant (1976)
By JPK of Can't Explain
"It's as if Polanski wants us to see the ravages he has suffered, how he has been damaged, destroyed, driven mad. He enters into the role of the timid Trelkovsky, mild-mannered clerk and thrusts himself at us in this guise, as if waving his arms and screaming, 'Look what happened to me. Can't you see the pain I am in?'"
By Jean Melkovsky of Polanski-Odd Man Out
"The horror lurks in the trivial objects, just like sanity lurks within sanity. Carole slips into madness one step at a time and the everyday objects become more and more menacing."
Le Gros e le maigre (1961)
By Tom Hyland of Cinema Directives
"Polanski's character was at least in some ways inspired by Chaplin's tramp and indeed, his little dance has a lot of Chaplinesque movements to it."
The Ghost Writer (2010)
By Tom Hyland
"In The Ghost Writer, Roman Polanski's taut suspense/mystery with political overtones, it's either raining, has just rained or looks as though it's about to rain - literally, we never see the sun shine in the film."
And finally, as I opened this blogathon with a passionate defense of Polanski regarding his legal troubles, here is a slightly opposing viewpoint from Tony Dayoub at Cinema Viewfinder:
"But there is something I can't get past which has always made me a bit uncomfortable. There is a sense of entitlement inherent in Polanski's behavior towards the whole episode."