A tainted legacy
- Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir review by joannajuki
A very interesting look at the career of this director, but a strange and depressing context.
The film skates very lightly over the hateful and bitter child abuse incident that has bleached out Polanski's reputation and this film could never be made today. It comes across as blindly flattering. There is little introspection from Polanski about what went on in his mind at the time he carried out the crime, and no real explanation of why he was allowed to escape justice, although he comes across as deeply and sincerely sorry. The interviewer clearly holds Polanski dear as a friend and artist - Braunsberg doesn't delve. The young victim, now an adult, speaks to the viewer to say that she has moved on, has forgiven, and that exposure and continued publicity have caused her additional hurt.
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