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The Fat and the Lean

A Short film by Roman Polanski

Produced by Association des Professeurs pour la Promotion de l'Education Cinématographique (APEC)

Production year : 1961

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Production and distribution


A small and thin barefoot slave (played by Polanski) plays a flute and beats a drum to entertain his large master who rocks in a rocking chair in front of his mansion. The slave jumps and leaps like a madman, wipes his master's brow, feeds him, washes his feet, shades him from the sun with an umbrella and holds a urinal for him.

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Full credits (4)

Producer :

Roman Polanski

Director of Photography :

Jean-Michel Boussaguet

Screenwriter :

Roman Polanski

Music Composer :

Krzysztof Komeda

Technical details

Short film

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Sub-genre :

Comedy, Burlesque comedy

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Nationality :

100% French

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Runtime :

15 min

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Color type :

Black & White

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