What Got This Director Here?: Chinatown.
My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Chinatown.
What Did I Watch: Carnage.
Where Does He Fit: Carnage is a fundamentally silly play (why not just leave the apartment?), but Polanski makes it appropriately amusing even if all the characters are just caricatures of bad people. It’s a deliberately closed off work that he takes advantage of as a fun exercise in giving four actors a chance to get hammy. Winslet is best in show by a long shot, getting to create a genuine person out of materials that make her look like a caricature of a businessman’s wife, but the other three are all fine. Still, it’s hard to wonder what to make of Polanski’s modern day career?
Most Valuable Asset: Prickly suspense.
Most Excited For: Knife in the Water.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes.
Coming Up Next: Italian master of epics, Luchino Visconti.