“One must not put a loaded rifle on the stage if no one is thinking of firing it.” Those are Anton Chekhov’s wise words from 1889, but they still ring true today. And it goes not just for theater but for literature and film – and knives, namely the sharp one brandished early on in Roman Polanski’s KNIFE IN THE WATER (1962). Shot in black and white with just three actors, two of whom had never acted before, Polanski’s first feature film is often referred to as one of the best directorial debuts in history, right alongside Orson Welles’ CITIZEN KANE and Jean-Luc Godard’s BREATHLESS.
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