Rent Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir (2011)

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In a remarkable documentary the award-winning director Roman Polanski talks candidly about his life and career with Andrew Braunsberg, his former business partner, producer, and friend of many years. The film encompasses Polanski's childhood amid the horror of the Krakov ghetto, his first films in Poland, his move to Paris and flourishing career in Europe and America crowned with an Oscar for 'The Pianist' the tragedy of the murder of his pregnant wife Sharon Tate, the controversy surrounding his arrest in 1977, and his work and life today in France with his wife Emmanuelle Seigner.
The conversations were recorded at Polanski's home in Gstaad, Switzerland, where he remained under house arrest for several months in 2009 and 2010, and are illustrated with excerpts from his films, news footage, press coverage, private and exclusive photos, and documents; all chronicling an extraordinary life marked by trauma and distinguished by astonishing creativity and international acclaim. Often moving, this film is a rare glimpse into the world of Roman Polanski as he speaks in more detail about his life than he ever has before, or possibly ever will again.
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Luca Barbareschi, Andrew Braunsberg, Christoph Fisser, Henning Molfenter, Charlie Woebcken
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British Films, Documentary, Special Interest
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Run Time:
90 minutes
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Region 0 (All)
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.77:1

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A tainted legacy - Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir review by joannajuki

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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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