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Pompous, slow, unwatchable - a good story wasted. Awful.
From the start this film drags and drags. Clumsy overdubs explaining the history, monochrome acting, boring sets, total lack of any humanity, verve or style. The actors look as if they are drugged. Potentially an interesting story completely wasted. Surely somebody realised how bad it was at some point in producing it?
Wonderful film noir - a classic
Polanski at his best is like literature on celluloid. This film is inspirationally cast, incredibly well directed and has some real gems like Francoise Dorleac, at the critical moment in the whole film when her wimpy husband actually kills the gangster who has invaded their castle home, saying in her thick French accent "but you 'ave keeled 'eem!" with the accent not on 'killed' but on 'him'. Now that's black comedy.