Wednesday, May 06, 2009


ROMAN POLANSKI: WANTED AND DESIRED is an excellent and fascinating documentary about one of cinema's most notorious directors.

Polanski's life is so tragic and complex, if it were fictional, you wouldn't believe it. At the age of three, he was on a train to Auschwitz with his mother, and she tossed him out the floor of the moving train to save his life. While his mother continued on to her death, he followed the tracks for miles back to town.

Years later he was leading a fairy-tale life in Los Angeles as a successful film director, married to a gorgeous Hollywood actress, when she was slaughtered by the Manson family.

Only a few years after that, he was arrested for having sex with a 13-year old girl.

The case is stunning in its abuse of the legal system. There are a bizarre umber of similarities with the Simspon criminal murder case, with an equally inept, star-struck judge who manipulated the system for his glory and ignored any ethical commitment to enforcing the law.

The film is very well made, and interviews all of the major subjects, including the vicitm of the "rape," who forgave him years ago.

Polanski is still a fugitive from America, even after winning Best Director for The Pianist.

I highly recommend this film, which aired in the US in HBO.
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