Cinema: Razor-Edged Slapstick

CuldeSac. Roman Polanski, 33, is the Paris-born Pole who three years ago captured an international audience with a precocious thriller called Knife in the Water. Knife in hand, this switchbloc Hitchcock then went West and persuaded British producers to finance a small masterpiece of menace called Repulsion. His third film, also made in England, is a jittery-tittery comedy of terrors in which Polanski hones his slapstick to a razor-edge.

Cul-de-Sac was shot in a 13th century fortress perched on a precipitous knap that rises out of Holy Island, a dot in the North Sea...

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