His personality inhabits every aspect, from investigations of claustrophobia and divergent personalities to clever framing on a cramped boat set.
And through his artistry and skill, Polanski overcomes an impossible shooting location and the outward minimalism of the story to construct a tale defined by the profound relationship between its suffocating backdrop and psychological potency.
These concepts are crucial to both his life as an artist and as a human being.
For Polanski, conformity is just as dangerous an idea as imprisonment.
Separated from his family, he took shelter wherever he could, eating maggot-ridden food and living on the move.
The Holocaust became the event which defined his existence from there on out, as Polanski would subsist as an exile of sorts, an orphan who just barely scraped by, embraced every moment of life, and existed in .
The characters are entirely isolated; not even random extras appear in the background.
Polanski sought to make a simple film about opposing characters forced to confront one another, about establishment battling anti-establishment in an intimate, airtight setting.
The thriller involves a married couple who take a young drifter with them on their yacht for a brief retreat.
Secluded on a boat in Poland’s Masurian Lake District, with conditions ranging from aggressive storms to dead calm, there is nowhere to escape, and changes in weather signal changes in mood.