Roman Polanski

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Roman Polanski
Polanski in 2011
Rajmund Roman Thierry Polański

(1933-08-18) 18 August 1933 (age 90)
Alma materNational Film School in Łódź
Occupation(s)Actor, director, producer, screenwriter
Years active1953–present
Notable workKnife in the Water, Repulsion, Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown, The Pianist
StylePsychological, Surrealistic, Noir, Black comedy
Spouse(s)Barbara Lass (m. 1959–1962, divorced)
Sharon Tate (m. 1968–1969, her death)
Emmanuelle Seigner (m. 1989—present)

Roman Polanski (born Rajmund Roman Thierry Polanski, 18 August 1933) is a French-Polish movie director, producer, writer and actor. In 2003, he won the Academy Award for Best Director for his film, The Pianist.[1]p148[2]p186

Personal life[change | change source]

Polanski was born in Paris, France but his family moved back to Poland in 1937.[3]p313[4]p250 His parents were agnostics.[5] Because the family was Jewish,[6] they were persecuted by the Nazis in Poland and forced to live in a ghetto.[1]p2/4 Polanski's mother died at Auschwitz.[7]p2 He later went to film school at Lodz [8] and graduated in 1959. Polanski won many awards for his short movies and went on to make full-length movies in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Polanski's first marriage was to actress Barbara Lass in 1959; they divorced in 1961.[9]

While filming the movie Fearless Vampire Killers he met an actress named Sharon Tate.[1]p58/9 Polanski married her in 1968.[1]p75/6 In August 1969, Polanski was in London, and Tate was pregnant. Tate and some of their friends were murdered in Los Angeles, California, by people who followed Charles Manson.[10]

Polanski dated Nastassja Kinski who later starred in his film Tess.[11] Polanski's third and current wife is actress Emmanuelle Seigner,[12] who is the mother of his daughter and son.

Arrest[change | change source]

In 1977, Polanski got in trouble with the law in California when he was caught having sex with a 13-year-old girl called Samantha Gailey (now Geimer).[13][14] Polanski went to France. In the 1990s, Polanski paid an undisclosed sum of money to the woman, in exchange for her dropping the charges. He was arrested in Switzerland in September 2009. He was arrested at the request of the United States, so Switzerland could extradite him to the United States. On July 12, 2010, the Swiss freed Polanski, and decided not to extradite him to Los Angeles. The Swiss Justice Ministry did not believe the legal strength of the United States extradition request.[15] According to the press release, the Swiss authorities asked for copies of the proceedings that would justify the extradition.

"The request (..) was rejected by the US Justice Department on 13 May 2010. In the circumstances, it was not possible to exclude with the necessary certainty that Roman Polanski had not already served the sentence imposed at the time and as a result, the extradition request was seriously flawed. Given the persistent doubts as to the precise facts of the case, the request had to be rejected."[15]

Polanski is still a fugitive (wanted by the police) in America.[16] However, Geimer has said "I would love to see him resolve it, the sooner, the better...if we could just put this to rest, that would be great".[9]p180 Polanski apologized to Geimer in a film documentary.[17] Bernard Kouchner, a French public official, has denounced the USA's extradition request as "sinister" because it came so long after the event.[18]

Movies[change | change source]

Documentary films[change | change source]

In 2008, the documentary film by Marina Zenovich, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, was released in Europe and the United States where it won numerous awards.

In October 2017, Polanski returned to Poland to appear in a documentary about his childhood during the Holocaust and after the war, with his longtime friend, the photographer Ryszard Horowitz. They visited Krakow and the village, where Polanski was in hiding after fleeing the ghetto. The film is produced and directed by Mateusz Kudla and Anna Kokoszka-Romer.[23][24][25]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 Ain-Krupa, Julia 2010. Roman Polanski: a life in exile. ABC Clio, Santa Barbara California.
  2. Vasvári, Louise O., and Tötösy de Zepetnek, Steven, eds. 2005. Imre Kertész and holocaust literature. Purdue University 2005
  3. Sokol, Stanley S.1992. The Polish Biographical Dictionary: profiles of nearly 900 Poles who have made lasting contributions to world civilization. Bolchazy Carducci Publishers Wauconda, Illinois.
  4. McGilligan, Patrick 1995. Jack's Life: a biography of Jack Nicholson. WW Norton, New York.
  5. "The religion of director Roman Polanski". Archived from the original on 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2012-07-11.
  6. "Profile: Roman Polanski, The Guardian, Guardian Unlimited". Peter Bradshaw. 15 July 2005.
  7. Sandford, Christopher 2008. Polanski: a biography. Palgrave MacMillan, New York.
  8. "PWSFTViT". Archived from the original on 2009-08-19. Retrieved 2012-07-11.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Parish, James Robert 2004. The Hollywood Book of Scandals: the shocking, often disgraceful, deeds and affairs of more than 100 American movie and TV idols. McGraw Hill, page 174.
  10. Lewis, James R. 2001. Satanism Today: An Encyclopedia of Religion, Folklore, and Popular Culture. ABC Clio, Santa Barbara California, p160.
  11. "After 'tess' and Roman Polanski, Nastassia Kinski Trades Notoriety for L.a. Propriety".
  12. "Emmanuelle Seigner Biography (1966-)".
  13. "Roman Polanski: What Did He Do?". ABC News.
  14. "The slow-burning Polanski saga". 28 September 2009 – via
  15. 15.0 15.1 Federal press office of Switzerland. ""Roman Polanski: No extradition"".
  16. Cody, Edward (July 13, 2010). "Roman Polanski freed after Swiss reject U.S. extradition request". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
  17. CNN, By Breeanna Hare (28 September 2011). "Roman Polanski apologizes to victim in documentary". CNN. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  19. Bate, Jonath & Eric Rasmussen (eds) Macbeth by William Shakespeare. The Royal Shakespeare Company, p132.
  20. Canby, Vincent (4 October 1973). "Film: X-Rated Polanski: What?' Shows a Lo of Sydne Rome The Cast". The New York Times.
  21. Press, The Associated. "European Film Awards gives Roman Polanski's 'Ghost Writer' prize for best director and best movie - NY Daily News".
  22. Nepales, Ruben V. (20 May 2011). "Winslet on working with Jodie Foster, Roman Polanski".
  23. Associated Press. "Roman Polanski in Poland for documentary on his early life". Washington Post website. Archived from the original on 31 October 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  24. Nick Holdsworth. "Roman Polanski Returns to Poland to Shoot Film About His Childhood". The Hollywood Reporter website. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  25. "Roman Polanski on Holocaust. Movie about Oscar-winning director has started shooting". KRK FILM website. Retrieved 21 October 2017.[permanent dead link]

Books[change | change source]

Ain-Krupa, Julia (2010). 'Roman Polanski: A Life in Exile. ABC Clio Publishing Santa Barbara California.

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