Mitochondrial Vertigo

April 15, 2010

Death and the Maiden

Filed under: polanski — Kevin von Duuglas-Ittu @ 4:24 pm
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We watched Polanski’s Death and the Maiden a few days ago. I had seen it before some years back but I thought my wife would enjoy it. She has a committed interest in prison reform, and images of female recovery and power speak to her. Plus Polanski is a touchstone. Rosemary’s Baby has been a favorite of her’s and our recent viewing if the excellent documentary on Polanksi’s trail on Netflix was a source of a lot of discussion. Last night, before dropping off into sleep, she said that the film kept coming back to her. I suspect that she understood it better than I – as it always seemed quite flawed to me, worth it but flawed. She said that she felt Polanski in that film, the small quiet man whose perversity lays beneath the surface, the boy who lost his mother in the Holocaust. He haunts the film. For me the film is the logical apex of Repulsion, the hard world justification of Deneuve and Farrow’s crazy. Ben Kingsley is a wonderful, underated actor (a hard thing to say because his reputation is that of the underated actor). His last monlogue of torture, human.


  1. Ben Kingsley is great. I luv him in ‘Sexy Beast’ playing the oh so mean London gang boss travelling out to the ‘Costa del Crime’. ‘No, no, no, no, no!’
    He got some award for that role. As for Gandhi I can’t remember…

    Comment by Paul Bains — April 15, 2010 @ 9:36 pm | Reply

  2. Yes. Sexy Beast was cool. House of Sand and Fog opposite the atmospheric Jennifer Connelly was a fantastic understated role. Gandhi was amazing.

    Comment by kvond — April 15, 2010 @ 9:41 pm | Reply

  3. Interested that you liked HoSoF.
    I will have a look. Did go on a pilgrimage to Gandhi’s birthplace in Porbander, Gujarat, in 76. A big experience. Stayed in India for 9mths. From an opium ‘den’ in bombay, to ashrams in the foothills n. of delhi – Rishikesh – where M.M.Y and T.M originated. And of course where the ‘Beatles’ etc. visited. How corny can you get! But it was intense – and I went back the following year to Mysore in S.India to ‘study’ hatha yoga – where Madonna visited apparently – many years later – ‘the mysore school’. LOL.

    Comment by Paul Bains — April 16, 2010 @ 1:31 am | Reply

  4. Forgot. David Lynch has been for many years a fan of TM. (now with Donovan!) Tried to watch ‘Inland Empire’ – got thru 40mins…it’s a v. small world.

    Comment by Paul Bains — April 16, 2010 @ 2:01 am | Reply

  5. I can’t say that I would fall into any TM/spiritual practice, but I really liked Inland Empire, after resisting much of recent Lynch.

    Comment by kvond — April 16, 2010 @ 3:19 am | Reply

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