After admiring the art of German films throughout the course of World War II, Roman Polanski finally recognized his perfect career despite the troubles of war.
Polish film director, producer, writer and actor, Polanski, had signed up at the Lodz Film School just as the war ended, with his igniting passion for film and acting. His first few shorts included Dwaj ludzie z szafa (1958), The Fat and the Lean (1961), and Mammals (1962), showing his “taste for black humor and bizarre human relationships”. His first Polish post-war film was Knife in the Water (1962).
After establishing himself as an avid Polish filmmaker, Polanski made his way to France, befriending his long-time collaborator Gerard Brach, who co-wrote his subsequent two films, Repulsion (1965) and Cul-de-sac (1966) which were made in England. These films won them the Silver and Golden Bear awards at the Berlin Film Festivals.
After which, Polanski moved on to Hollywood to direct many more films, such as his box-office hit, Rosemary’s Baby (1968).
Well enough said about the marvelous artist. Let’s hear more from Lena Goh in her podcast.
Lena Goh is an almunus of Ngee Ann Polytechnic with a Diploma in Film, Sound & Video from The School of Film & Media Studies.