- The Tenant
name = The Tenant (Le Locataire)
image_size = 200px
caption = original film poster
imdb_id = 0074811
Roland Topor(novel) Gérard Brach Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski Isabelle Adjani Melvyn Douglas Jo Van Fleet Bernard Fresson Lila Kedrova
June 12, 1968
runtime = 125 min
May 26, 1976(France)
June 11, 1976(USA)
October 8, 1976(Finland)
language = English/French
budget = |
"The Tenant" (French: "Le Locataire") is a 1976
psychological thriller/horror film directed by Roman Polanskibased upon the 1964 novel " Le locataire chimérique" by Roland Topor. It is also known under the French title "Le Locataire". It co-stars actress Isabelle Adjani. It is the last film in Polanski's "Apartment Trilogy", following " Repulsion" and " Rosemary's Baby". Interestingly, the film has no end credits; only the Paramount logo.
Trelkovsky (Polanski), a quiet and inconspicuous man, rents an apartment in France where the previous tenant committed suicide, and begins to suspect his landlord and neighbors are trying to subtly change him into the last tenant so that he too will kill himself.
Theories about the film
This film does not clearly say whether the main character is mad or not, contrary to the previous entries in Polanski's Apartment Trilogy. Therefore a lot of theories have been made about it.
*From the presence of Egyptian symbols displayed in props in many scenes, a reincarnation theory could be derived : Trelkovsky and Simone are in reality the same person, which would explain the scene where Trelkovsky sees himself in his apartment. It follows, that that the scene where Trelkovsky stares at Simone is the very same scene, subject to a curious time warp. The bathroom represents a funeral chamber (as denoted by the hieroglyphs), which places Simone in this scene as a mummy, because of her appearance.
*Trelkovsky is either a fictional character created by Simone, or a fantasy based upon the man visiting her at the hospital. Therefore most of the story line in the film is imaginary, except the first few scenes. Simone is schizophrenic and develops another personality in order to fulfill her homosexual desires upon her friend Stella.
*Trelkovsky is merely hallucinating (this is suggested by the "
mise en scène").
*Trelkovsky was driven insane by his neighbors (as he claims to Stella). He is schizophrenic and thinks he is Simone, which ultimately leads to his suicide.
*The film is auto-biographical. Some potential proofs are : Polanski changing Trelkovsky's origins (in the book, he is of Russi extraction), the statements he made about how he used his experience to make the movie (the racist jokes, the cold neighbors).
Roman Polanski- Trelkovsky
Isabelle Adjani- Stella
Melvyn Douglas- Monsieur Zy
Jo Van Fleet- Madame Dioz
Bernard Fresson- Scope
Lila Kedrova- Madame Gaderian
* Claude Dauphin - Husband at the accident
Claude Piéplu- Neighbor (as Claude Pieplu)
* Rufus - Georges Badar
Romain Bouteille- Simon
* Jacques Monod - Cafe Owner
Patrice Alexsandre- Robert
Jean-Pierre Bagot- Policeman
Josiane Balasko- Office Worker
Michel Blanc- Scope's Neighbor
Shelley Winters- the Concierge
*imdb title|id=0074811|title=Le Locataire
* [http://www.millipedepress.com/books/tenant.html The Tenant] , Millipede Press 2006
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