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Film: The Tenant
Sunday, May 10, 2009 - 3:00pm

Polanski himself stars as Trelkovsky, a Polish-born French citizen who moves into an apartment whose previous tenant committed suicide. Over the course of the film, Trelkovsky comes to believe that his tenants are engaged in a conspiracy to drive him to suicide by forcing him to take on the personality of the dead woman. The Tenant isn't so much a psychological portrait of grief as it is an unnerving acknowledgement of the ambiguous nature of the world. Unlike many of Polanski's terrified protagonists, Trelkovsky really seems to be a victim of his own paranoiac fantasies. When a man comes to visit the previous tenant, Trelkovsky mentions her suicide. The man discusses the woman's fascination with Egyptian culture and how upset he is that she passed into the realm of the dead without her ever knowing about his affections for her. Between this scene and a series of philosophical ruminations, it's clear that Polanski is still dealing with his wife's death. When Trelkovsky and the man stop at a restaurant, two drunkards offer free drinks to everyone in the room except the man who yearns for the dead tenant. Via this absurd and seemingly simple exchange, Polanski brilliantly evokes an evil society's almost supernatural ability to recognize weakness in others and to punish all that is good.

--Slant Magazine


What: 
The Tenant (1976 Roman Polanski)
Format:
  35mm Film
Runtime:  126 minutes
When:  May 8th & May 9th at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm, May 10th at 3:00 pm
Where:  5th Ave Cinema, 510 SW Hall St. @ PSU
Admission:  Free for PSU Students, Faculty and Staff with ID; $2 for Other Students, Seniors and Children; $3 General Admission

For more information:
PSU Film Committee
film@pdx.edu
503-725-3551
http://www.5thavenuecinema.org