Bradshaw Watch – ‘Venus in Fur’ (2013)

For anyone who did not catch Peter Bradshaw’s review of Roman Polanski’s new offering, Venus in Fur in the Guardian, here is a rundown of his thoughts on the film – excluding, as usual, bluntly stated plot details which could have been copy and pasted from the film’s Wikipedia page:

– The film is adapted from a stage-play by David Ives. On an unrelated note, it struck Peter as being “very theatrical”

– The film’s attitudes to sex and transgression, which are rooted directly in a nineteenth-century erotic novel, feel “a little bit dated”

– The “elegance and wit” Polanski gives his film are achieved in spite of this dated feeling. The inverse relationship between elegance and age is not fully explained

– Roman Polanski is married to one of the film’s stars, Emmanuelle Seigner

– The film also stars Mathieu Amalric

– The film is a two-hander, confined to a single location. Peter realised this after about 20 minutes

– Peter has also seen another film by Polanski, called Knife In The Water (1962)

– Peter knows the French term “jeu d’éspritbut not its proper meaning

– Peter is familiar with the Greek myths of Dionysus and Pygmalion

– Peter would have liked to see more scenes set on the metro, or showing the characters drinking coffee

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