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polanski' s dark shadow

A new documentary film "Roman Polanski : Wanted and Desired" ( wanted in the US as a fugitive from justice for the past 30 years, desired in France where he is admired and respected for his brilliant talent and honoured as an exemplary citizen ) focuses on the 1977 court proceedings of the film director's criminal trial for unlawful sex with a minor. The late Judge Laurence J. Rittenband is presented as the villian of the piece, not Polanski. And today both the crown prosecutor on the case and Polanski's lawyer rebuke the celebrity-status seeking late judge's unethical, bordering on illegal, behaviour & say that Polanski's flight from justice on the eve of sentencing 30 years ago was an understandable action. That justice was NOT about to be served. The 13 year old girl in the equation, now 43, has long ago made a public statement of forgiveness toward Polanski and stops very short of apologizing for the unstoppable press-frenzied chain of events that shaped the rest of the director's life. Polanski is not interviewed for the film but powerful archival footage fills in all the gaps in his life : the recklessness & indulgences as well as his early family life & his career. The coverage of his relationship with his wife, Sharon Tate, prior to her murder by the Manson cultists in 1969 & his emotional state after the event is poignant beyond words. Conclusion : you'd have to be a cold-hearted cynic to not feel some degree of compassion for Roman Polanski after viewing this excellent film.

 

image : sunset skies over florence, italy.........Thanks for coming by. Have a great day.

 

View Large On Black....................................face in the clouds or wild imaginings?

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NB : I'm reposting this, given current events (first time I've ever reposted anything) Originally posted July 29th 2008, it had a closed comment box at the time. The comment box is now open if anyone wishes to express an opinion on Polanski's arrest this week after 31 years. Justice or persecution? Is it a controversial issue?.

 

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Taken on April 8, 2008