Tonight, you'll finally get to see Roman Polanski's shorts. Polanski's early short film work from the late 1950s and early '60s, presents a pivotal point in his life, when he was seized with the sheer power of artistic creativity and all the optimism it held, tempered by his understandably cynical and jaundiced view of humanity's true face. The titles tell the tale -- well, one tale, anyway -- "Murder and Teeth Smile" (1957), the allegorical "Two Men and a Wardrobe" (1958) and "Mammals" (1962), and the inadvertently Method 1957 film "Break Up the Dance," in which Polanski's people break up a dance by assaulting the dancers. The original scores by jazzer Krzysztof Komeda have been replaced by the reed/strings/echoplex nuances of Polish electroacoustic duo Sza/Za, who score these extremely rare 35mm prints tonight.
Tue., Nov. 9, 8 p.m., 2010