• “Ciné regards”: Roman Polanski on TESS, 1979

    This 1979 episode of the French television program “Ciné regards” intersperses behind-the-scenes footage from the making of TESS in the French countryside with an interview with director Roman Polanski.

  • The Fat and the Lean

    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...

  • Mammals

    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.

  • Teeth Smile

    Directed by Roman Polanski • 1957 • Poland

    In his autobiography, director Roman Polanski writes that the theme of TEETH SMILE was set for him by a supervisor at film school. The film follows a peeping tom as he looks through a bathroom window.

  • When Angels Fall

    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 autobiogra...

  • Two Men and a Wardrobe

    Directed by Roman Polanski • 1958 • Poland

    Perhaps the best known of Roman Polanski’s shorts, TWO MEN AND A WARDROBE was his first to be screened publicly. It won five awards at international festivals. Polanski said in a 1966 interview, “When I filmed TWO MEN AND A WARDROBE, I tried . . . to ke...

  • Murder

    Directed by Roman Polanski • 1957 • Poland

    The following is the first complete student short Roman Polanski made at the State Film School in Lodz, Poland. A story told in almost total darkness and in one room, the film introduces themes the director has revisited throughout his career.

  • Knife in the Water

    Directed by Roman Polanski • 1962 • Poland
    Starring Leon Niemczyk, Jolanta Umecka, Zygmunt Malanowicz

    Roman Polanski’s first feature is a brilliant psychological thriller that many critics still consider among his greatest work. The story is simple, yet the implications of its characters’ emotio...

  • Tess

    Directed by Roman Polanski • 1979 • France, United Kingdom
    Starring Nastassja Kinski, Peter Firth, Leigh Lawson

    This multiple-Oscar-winning film by Roman Polanski is an exquisite, richly layered adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s “Tess of the d’Urbervilles.” A strong-willed peasant girl (Nastassja Kin...

  • The Lamp

    Directed by Roman Polanski • 1959 • Poland

    THE LAMP was made in Roman Polanski's final year at the State Film School in Lodz. Polanski has said there is a connection between all his short films, “because in them I had certain ideals which I wished to express. It's really a question of a certain ...

  • Tess

    6 videos

    Directed by Roman Polanski • 1979 • France, United Kingdom
    Starring Nastassja Kinski, Peter Firth, Leigh Lawson

    This multiple-Oscar-winning film by Roman Polanski is an exquisite, richly layered adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s “Tess of the d’Urbervilles.” A strong-willed peasant girl (Nastassja Kin...

  • The Lamp

    1 video

    Directed by Roman Polanski • 1959 • Poland

    THE LAMP was made in Roman Polanski's final year at the State Film School in Lodz. Polanski has said there is a connection between all his short films, 'because in them I had certain ideals which I wished to express. It's really a question of a certain ...

  • Knife in the Water

    10 videos

    Directed by Roman Polanski • 1962 • Poland
    Starring Leon Niemczyk, Jolanta Umecka, Zygmunt Malanowicz

    Roman Polanski’s first feature is a brilliant psychological thriller that many critics still consider among his greatest work. The story is simple, yet the implications of its characters’ emotio...

  • The Fat and the Lean

    1 video

    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...

  • Mammals

    1 video

    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.

  • Teeth Smile

    1 video

    Directed by Roman Polanski • 1957 • Poland

    In his autobiography, director Roman Polanski writes that the theme of TEETH SMILE was set for him by a supervisor at film school. The film follows a peeping tom as he looks through a bathroom window.

  • When Angels Fall

    1 video

    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 autobiogra...

  • Two Men and a Wardrobe

    1 video

    Directed by Roman Polanski • 1958 • Poland

    Perhaps the best known of Roman Polanski’s shorts, TWO MEN AND A WARDROBE was his first to be screened publicly. It won five awards at international festivals. Polanski said in a 1966 interview, “When I filmed TWO MEN AND A WARDROBE, I tried . . . to ke...

  • Murder

    1 video

    Directed by Roman Polanski • 1957 • Poland

    The following is the first complete student short Roman Polanski made at the State Film School in Lodz, Poland. A story told in almost total darkness and in one room, the film introduces themes the director has revisited throughout his career.

  • Once Upon a Time . . . TESS

    This 2006 documentary by Daniel Ablin and Serge July, about the making of TESS, features interviews with director Roman Polanski, actors Nastassja Kinski and Leigh Lawson, producer Claude Berri, costume designer Anthony Powell, and composer Philippe Sarde.