‘The Ghost’ – a successful British ghostwriter – has been asked to write the memoirs of Prime Minister Adam Lang. The publishers have promised Lang millions for his book and time is running out. For the ghost the assignment means a giant leap in his career, and a princely fee. But the project is ill-fated from the outset, not least because the first writer, Lang’s long-standing advisor, has just been killed in a tragic accident.
Brushing his misgivings aside the new man travels to the Atlantic island Martha’s Vineyard, where the ex-prime minister and his wife Ruth have retreated together with a small team including the prime minister’s attractive assistant, Amelia Bly. But the island’s peace is deceptive: Lang’s holiday home is tantamount to a maximum security prison. What secret is contained in the book manuscript in the safe that cannot leave the house?
No sooner does the ghostwriter arrive on the island than a top-ranking British politician accuses Lang of having condoned the arrest of some alleged terrorists who were subsequently handed over to the CIA in secret; moreover, since the men were tortured – allegedly with Lang’s knowledge – this implicates him in a war crime. The accusation causes the press and enraged demonstrators to spring into action and, before long, the premier’s house is besieged. In the midst of all the commotion the ghostwriter makes a discovery that puts the clever ex-premier in a completely different light. He comes across a global conspiracy and the knowledge suddenly puts his life in great danger. Can he bring the truth to light, before it’s too late? —Berlinale
The son of a Polish Jew and a Russian immigrant, Polanski was born in Paris on August 18, 1933. When he was three, his family moved to the Polish town of Krakow, an unfortunate decision given that the Germans invaded the city in 1940. Things went from bad to worse with the formation of Krakow’s Jewish ghetto, and Polanski’s family was the target of further persecution when his parents were deported to a concentration camp. Just before he was to be taken away, however, Polanski’s father helped his son escape, and the boy managed to survive with help from kindly Catholic families, although he was at times forced to fend for himself. (At one point, the Germans decided to use Polanski for idle target practice.) It was during this period that Polanski became a devoted cinephile, seeking refuge in movie houses whenever possible. Shortly after sustaining serious injuries in an explosion, Polanski learned of his mother’s death at Auschwitz. His father survived the camps, and moved back to Krakow… read more
That's how you thrill, amateurs (though that "IT'S IN THE INTERNET SO IT'S TRUE" bullshit was hillariously bad).
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