Roman Polanski, the Oscar-winning filmmaker who is still a wanted fugitive in the U.S., is being feted this weekend at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre with a four-day retrospective.
The programming kicks off with his 1962 feature debut, the Polish thriller, "Knife in the Water," which was nominated for a foreign-language film Oscar, and his 1971 adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy "Macbeth," starring Jon Finch and Francesca Annis. Scheduled for Friday are his seminal 1974 film noir, "Chinatown," which was penned by Robert Towne, and stars Jack Nicholson as private eye J.J. Gittes, and his creepy 1976 thriller, "The Tenant," in which he also stars.
Saturday's offerings are 1965's "Repulsion," Polanski's second film and first in English, starring Catherine Denueve as a woman who loses her mind, and his first American film, 1968's deliciously terrifying "Rosemary's Baby," starring Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes and Ruth Gordon in her Oscar-winning performance.
The festival concludes Sunday with the rarely seen 1966 thriller "Cul-De-Sac," starring Denueve's sister, Francoise Dorleac, and his 1967 comedy "The Fearless Vampire Killers," in which Polanski also stars with his then-wife Sharon Tate, who was tragically murdered two years later.