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The film's themes situations visual motifs and effects clearly reflect the influence of early surrealist cinema as well as horror movies of the 1950s – particularly Luis Buñuel's Un chien Andalou Jean Cocteau's The Blood of a Poet Henri-Georges Clouzot's Diabolique and Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. 1970s
Polanski abandoned his project and did not resume working until the production of a film version of Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Macbeth.
Polanski's first feature-length film Knife in the Water (1962) made in Poland was nominated for a United States Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film but was beaten by Federico Fellini's 8½. The film won three Academy Awards including Best Director along with numerous international awards. The film was nominated for eleven Academy Awards was a critical and box-office success.