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"Repulsion" (1965, directed by Roman Polanski)
French-Polish Holocaust survivor Polanski didn't tarry long on the Continent after striking gold with his startling 1962 debut feature, the Oscar-nominated thriller "Knife in the Water," just three years after graduating from the Lodz Film School. For his follow-up, he headed over to Britain to make the film that, for this writer's money, may remain his finest: starring Catherine Deneuve as a fearsomely shy immigrant beautician preyed upon by her own mind while home alone in London, "Repulsion" has lost none of its creeping, queasy impact as a landmark horror film, but also registers today as a poignant illustration of the lonely, misfit flipside of Swinging Sixties cosmopolitanism. Only three years later, he'd taken the same haunted, off-kilter sensibility to Hollywood with "Rosemary's Baby," while's he's maintained a restlessly international career for over half a century.