**New Recurring Column**
Actually, not as much a “column” as it is a quick-hitter meant to honor the forgotten/neglected beauties of cinema. Consider last week’s random post about Planet of the Apes co-star Linda “Nova” Harrison the first installment.
In Roman Polanski’s unpredictable debut Knife in the Water (1962), Jolanta Umecka does very little to make a mega impression. Soft-mannered glances, piercing half-smiles. One of the many reasons Polanski’s shoestring psyschological drama works so well on its largely-single location (a couple’s sailboat also occupied by a young, mysterious hitchhiker) is Umecka’s effortless hook-line-and-sinker effect on the eyes.
Just wait ’til you see her in the final act, wet hair still drying, only a loose sweater covering her white one-piece swimwear. Makes you wish filmmakers of that time had considered the future’s indulgence of “Deleted Scenes.”
Bonus Knife in the Water scene of Umecka rocking that wet hair look, after the jump: