Wednesday, August 19, 2009 – 7:30pm
Great Britain 1965. Director: Roman Polanski
Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry, John Fraser, Yvonne Furneaux, Patrick Wymark
Post-screening discussion with Brian Ganter
Presented in partnership with Pacific Cinémathèque’s Education Department.

One of modern cinema’s most masterful studies of mental breakdown, Catherine Deneuve stars as Carol, an isolated young woman who believes she has been sexually assaulted.

The Tenant (Le locataire)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 – 7:30pm
France 1976. Director: Roman Polanski
Cast: Roman Polanski, Isabelle Adjani, Shelley Winters, Melvyn Douglas, Jo Ann Fleet
Post-screening discussion with Ramon Kubicek

The TenantA macabre tale of insanity, claustrophobia and transposable identity starring the film’s masterful director Roman Polanski.

Summer Classics Series: 2 By Roman Polanski

Our “Frames of Mind” Summer Classics series this year features two of Polanski’s superb psychological horror films, both of which tackle the theme of a descent into madness with the iconoclastic director’s trademark emotional acuity, visual stylishness and blackly comic wit.

The Brood / Birthday

Thursday July 21, 2005 – 7:30 pm
Canada 1979. Director: David Cronenberg
Post-screening discussion with David Spaner

Struggling with a crumbling marriage, Nola Carveth (Samantha Eggar)
undergoes an experimental psychiatric therapy that encourages her to
purge her emotional turmoil by embracing and fully experiencing her
rage. Practiced by the charismatic Dr Raglan (Oliver Reed) at the
isolated Somafree Institute, this new treatment is not without its side

Preceded by


Canada, 2004. Director: Erös

Martha prepares a birthday cake for her daughter Mira. When a young man
arrives with his best wishes, Martha dismisses him. Meanwhile, cocooned
in a dark cavity of the basement, Mira’s restless sleep ends abruptly,
as she awakes covered in blood.


Thursday August 21, 2003 – 7:30pm
USA 1960. Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Special lecture presentation by Mark Harris

Phoenix office worker Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), desperate to find a way to be with her lover, Sam Loomis (John Gavin), embezzles $40,000 from her boss and heads for California in search of Sam.