|Fig. 1 "Repulsion" Poster|
“Repulsion” is a psychological black and white horror film directed by Roman Polanski in 1965. It was first English-language film produced by Polanski. The film's story focuses on a young woman, Carol Ledoux, who is left alone by her sister, Helen, at their apartment. As her sister is away on vacation, Carols phobia of men makes her go fully insane. “Repulsion” perfectly pictures how world can be visually changed by characters’ mentality.
|Fig. 2 Carol biting nails|
|Fig. 4 Hands coming from the walls|
Terrifying manly, dead-alike hands emerge from walls, grabbing onto Carol's body, displays that this character was harassed by a man once.(Fig.4) At that moment the viewer is left to wonder what might happen to her with this crippling mind full of delusions. Following event Carol seems to have accepted her fate and treats it as a normal state. In the scene when she uses lipstick shows that she has silently accepted her insanity.
In conclusion, “Repulsion” will leave you haunted from the hysterical view of a sexual scared individual, with scenes of sexual assault and mental breakdowns which is reflected by the environment.(Fig.5) Despite the fact that “Repulsion” is a black and white film, it's visually stunning and satisfying to watch.
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