It didn’t quite make him a household name, but Roman Polanski’s low-budget psychological thriller, Repulsion, would spark a fracture in cinema that inspired countless film artists. Three years later he would permanently place himself in both popular and high art culture with the release of Rosemary’s Baby. But it was in 1962 that Polanski made a very deep mark with his razor sharp psychological thriller, Knife in the Water.
Armed with a some basic handheld cameras, a very small budget, one sailboat and three actors — Polanski and his cinematographer, Jerzy Lipman, managed to create an unforgettable film. Capturing characters, space, eroticism, tension and suspense in some of the most elegantly simplistic ways, Knife in the Water sears into the mind’s eye.
*** These shots vary in quality as the newly remastered version has yet to be released to Blu-Ray, but it will be available in the near future.
Knife in the Water
Roman Polanski, 1962
Cinematography, Jerzy Lipman
“Give me back my knife.”
” So, you do know how to swim.”
“You’re just like him… only half his age, and twice as dumb.”
” Sailors get mast-headed for that…”
“You’ve drowned a boy.”
Matty Stanfield, 5.3.2016