When Angels Fall
Knife in the Water • 20m
Directed by Roman Polanski • 1959 • Poland
Director Roman Polanski got the idea for his senior thesis from an article about a lavatory attendant who claimed to have had a mystical vision. “A lavatory attendant’s life seemed to epitomize vacuity, drudgery, monotony,” he recalled in his autobiography. “Nobody would ever . . . conceive of her having had a life imbued with passion and drama.”
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Directed by Roman Polanski • 1961 • France
Polanski directed this 15-minute black-and-white short just after completing film school. The film features the music of Krzysztof Komeda, who composed the scores for all but one of the director’s films between TWO MEN AND A WARDROBE and ROSEMARY’S BABY...
Directed by Roman Polanski • 1962 • Poland
MAMMALS was the last of director Roman Polanski’s short films before he bagan to work on his first feature, KNIFE IN THE WATER. It received awards at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and the Melbourne International Film Festival.