The Tenant | Chicago Reader

The Tenant

Through its first half, Roman Polanski's 1976 film is a cruel and painfully funny black comedy, following a timorous Polish expatriate (played by Polanski himself) as he tries, overpolitely, to negotiate the intricacies of social contact in his adopted Paris. But the second part tapers off into a routine psychological thriller, riddled with overwrought shock effects. The end result is somewhere between Franz Kafka and William Castle, but still worth seeing. With Isabelle Adjani, Melvyn Douglas, Jo Van Fleet, and Shelley Winters.



  • Roman Polanski


  • Roman Polanski
  • Isabelle Adjani
  • Melvyn Douglas
  • Shelley Winters
  • Jo Van Fleet
  • Bernard Fresson
  • Lila Kedrova
  • Claude Dauphin
  • Claude PiĆ©plu
  • Rufus
  • Romain Bouteille
  • Jacques Monod
  • Josiane Balasko


  • Andrew Braunsberg

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