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Repulsion

Jeremy Carr

Abstract

Roman Polanski’s Repulsion (1965), starring Catherine Deneuve as a repressed and tormented manicurist, is a gripping, visually inventive descent into paranoia and self-destructive alienation. Emblematic of recurrent Polanski motifs, evinced in his student short films, in his striking debut feature, Knife in the Water (1962), and in subsequent features like Death and the Maiden (1994), Repulsion is a tour de force examination of crippling anxiety and the sinister potency of inanimate objects. Repulsion amplifies the realm of psychological horror by evoking the seething impact of increasing delu ... More

Keywords: Roman Polanski, Repulsion, Catherine Deneuve, Paranoia, Alienation, Anxiety, Horror

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781800859326
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781800859326.001.0001

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Jeremy Carr, author

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