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Around Town: Roman Polanski, Elvis Presley and French film legend Claude Chabrol

January 27, 2011 |  5:00 am


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.

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Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp play 'Tourist': Preview review trailer

September 15, 2010 | 11:17 am

Johnny-depp-angelina-jolie-the-tourist-600x250-wdIt was only a few months ago that "The Tourist" began filming in Europe, when fans of Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp became so rabid that production was forced to temporarily shut down while autograph-seekers were warded off. 

We can only imagine how excited those admirers are now that an intriguing trailer for the movie -- out in December -- has been released. In the film, Depp plays an American tourist who becomes interested in an Interpol agent (Jolie). She's on a search to track down a criminal with whom she was once romantically involved.

The film looks beautiful -- and not only because of its attractive stars. Set in Paris and Venice, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's film shows off Europe's picturesque canals and countryside to good effect.

You can tell from the moment Jolie's spy gives Depp's character the eye that her bravado will work well in a part in which she's both seductress and secret agent. But we're more drawn to Depp here -- the aloof-yet-charming shtick is right up his alley.

"You look ravenous," he tells Jolie's character at one point.

"Do you mean ravishing?" she responds, cunningly.

The two are a great match -- so we're optimistic that their performances can elevate the movie above the sea of other crime thrillers with guy-falls-for-spy plot lines we've seen in recent years.

-- Amy Kaufman

Photo: Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp star in "The Tourist." Credit: Columbia Pictures


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