Produced by Lawrence Bender, this is a series of short films directed by four stars of American independent cinema of the 1990s. In addition to Alison Anders, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, the list includes Alexandre Rockwell, who was known for his hit In the Soup, made several years earlier. The common thread through the four short films is the character of Ted (Tim Roth), a bellboy who experiences a series of increasingly unlucky adventures on New Year's Eve. In room 404, the setting for Rockwell's story, titled The Wrong Man, the protagonist ends up in the middle of a marital quarrel. When the jealous husband accuses Ted of having an affair with his wife, and she fails to deny it, the poor bellboy is in real trouble. The strongest point of The Wrong Man is its combination of black humor and the sort of tension one might expect from a Hitchcock thriller. The cast members, with Jennifer Beals in the lead, provide top-notch performances in this unusual situation. Playing the unfaithful wife, Rockwell's muse is simultaneously sensual and full of self-irony. The scene in which she demonstrates her knowledge of increasingly bizarre terms used to describe a certain anatomical feature of the male body is one of the funniest in the entire film.
Born in Boston in 1956, Alexandre Rockwell is a director, screenwriter and producer and one of the leading representatives of New York's independent cinema scene. He is the grandson of Russian animator Alexandre Alexeieff, the inventor of the pinscreen technique. His most-acclaimed films include Somebody to Love and In the Soup. He also directed the episode The Wrong Man as part of the film Four Rooms.
1983 Bohater / Hero
1992 Ugotowany / In the Soup
1994 Pokochać kogoś / Somebody to Love
1994 Cztery pokoje (The Wrong Man) / Four Rooms (The Wrong Man)
2002 13 Moons
2013 Stópki / Little Feet