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Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, Jake

Chinatown remains a stalwart of '70s cinema. The uninspired follow-up 16 years later reminds one that, sometimes, a masterpiece needs to simply be left alone.

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Oliver Twist (2005)

Oliver is an emblem of Polanski's own thematic obsessions: human cruelty, alienation and dislocation, and above all, identity fragmentation.

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The Pianist (2002)

Confronted by one horror after another, Szpilman (Adrien Brody) is a startlingly original protagonist in Roman Polanski's The Pianist.

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