Roman Polanski has been making films for over 50 years now, and he's carved out a reputation as one of our most talented filmmakers during that time. From Rosemary’s Baby to Chinatown to The Pianist, Polanski’s career is filled with unforgettable films.
Thanks to the Roman Polanski Collection, we can get a glimpse at how Polanski developed in his earliest days as a director. The video below showcases eight short films that were included as part of the Anchor Bay box set celebrating his career. From 1957’s Murder to the documentary-esque Let’s Break the Fall, viewers are given a detailed look at the evolution of one of cinema's greatest talents.
Of all the shorts, it’s Murder that is perhaps the most striking. An exercise in detached minimalism, Polanski’s short is roughly a minute long and silent – yet features striking scene compositions and crisp black-and-white cinematography that could have come straight out of a noir film.
The title reveals all you need to know about this short, which minimizes suspense in favor of a visceral shock. It's really impressive for an early effort, and looks like something that could have been excised from a feature film of the period and certainly demonstrates that the young Polanski was going to become a formidable filmmaker.
Don’t just take our word for it, though – check out the video below, which features not only Murder, but seven other early Polanski efforts.