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Roman Polanski knows the ropes in 'Venus in Fur'
Roman Polanski knows the ropes in 'Venus in Fur'

"Venus in Fur," a whip-smart dissection of gender politics via some teasing S&M, is arch. So arch in fact that it is surprising it's a Roman Polanski film. The director has spent a great deal of creative energy over the course of his career exploring the dark side of punishing psychosexuality in various settings through films such as "Bitter Moon," "Rosemary's Baby" and the classic "my sister, my daughter, my sister, my daughter" slap, slap, slap of "Chinatown." "Venus" isn't frothy by any stretch. But it is a caustic, comic, cerebral romp for a long time before it hits you with its best shot — some...

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