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Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
(DVD)

DIRECTED BY - Marina Zenovich


In 1977, director Roman Polanski was untouchable. Film such as ROSEMARY'S BABY and CHINATOWN had cemented his reputation, and he staged a successful return to filmmaking following the death of his wife, Sharon Tate, in '69. But his appetite for narcotics and free love landed him in serious trouble with the law after an ill-fated photo shoot with 13-year-old Samantha Gailey led to full sexual intercourse. ROMAN POLANSKI: WANTED AND DESIRED is a documentary that looks at the court case and media feeding frenzy that followed Polanski's arrest in '77. Director Marina Zenovich takes an intriguing approach by focusing less on the incident itself, and more on the actions of the judge who presided over the case. Polanski isn't interviewed, but key figures such as the two opposing lawyers and Gailey all step forward to offer a harsh critique of judge Laurence Rittenband's handling of the trial.

 

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Film Info

RUNTIME - 100 minutes

RATING - Not Rated

YEAR - 2008

LANGUAGE - English

ATTRIBUTES - Widescreen, Full-Frame

SPECIAL FEATURES (DVD Only) -

DVD Features:

Keep Case

Full Frame - 1.33

Widescreen - 1.78

Audio:

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Director

Marina Zenovich

Producer

Lila Yacoub

Producer

Marina Zenovich

Screenwriter

P.G. Morgan

Screenwriter

Marina Zenovich

Screenwriter

Joe Bini

Subject

Roman Polanski

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Press

"What makes this exercise truly remarkable is Zenovichs thorough knowledge of Polanskis canon and the ways she subtly argues that the exorcism of ones basest and most deviant desires belongs in a realm of artistic expression and not in the arena of the flesh-and-blood. When Polanski explores his idiosyncratic obsessions on celluloid, he is lauded as a brilliant artist; when these obsessions are indulged on a physical plane, Polanski is vilified as a dwarfish icon of perversion and criminality."    --Josh Slates, Hammer To Nail

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