Roman Polanski is certainly admired and respected as one of the world’s great film directors. But his reputation has been forever tarnished by his public conviction for having unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor some 30 years ago and his subsequent flight from the United States to avoid going to jail. At least that’s what everyone thinks. In her riveting reopening of this controversial and, as it turns out, very complex case, filmmaker Marina Zenovich fashions a perceptive and intelligent exploration of what really happened those many years ago and casts a very different light on Polanski’s decision as well as the workings of the legal system. –Cannes Film Festival
Marina Zenovich is a director and producer. Her most recent film, “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired” — called “a documentary of rare fascination and power” by Entertainment Weekly — was an Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival 2008.
Other films include: “Who Is Bernard Tapie?” — a study of the French former politician/convicted criminal turned actor, and her fascination with him, and “Estonia Dreams of Eurovision!” — about the wacky world of Tallin, Estonia as it prepares to host the Eurovision Song Contest. Her first documentary, “Independent’s Day,” a look at the struggles of independent filmmakers set at the Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals, featured Steven Soderbergh, Neil Labute and Greg Mottola.
Marina also works for Gallery HD’s series, “Art In Progress,” where she has profiled Julian Schnabel, Robert Wilson, John Baldessari, Takashi Murakami and David Lynch, among others. —romanpolanskiwantedanddesired.com
It looks like a fairytale for conservative people : the bad, pervert, foreign (is it really a country Poland ? I imagine their thoughts...), jewish, successful film director who has sex the poor white, blond, all-american, catholic girl ? It is a fairytale for people who want to express their conservative and moral views on society, a piece of cake for them.
And it looks like american people are so interested in that case and people who talk about it, the journalists, the judge, people who make documentaries about it. What's their point ? Is it bad to have sex with a minor girl ? Yes. Did he recognize it ? He has been punished for that and nobody should talk about it anymore, thinking how this could hurt the people who were exposed at this trial.
I don't really like this kind of documentary films, they take extracts from "Rosemary's Baby" to illustrate that Polanski could be a pervert and, in fact, they don't explain his personality and even less (if possible) his films : they use his films to still talk about the same old subject. The only positive thing I found in it is that it explains what happened on his trial, but that's all and that's little...
This HBO documentary is not about Roman Polanski’s entire life. In fact, it is to the greatest extent centered in the court case from which he fled in 1978, where he was sentenced for unlawful sexual… read review