Monday, June 9, 2008

Roman Polanski Rape and Flee Doc Wanted and Desired on HBO Tonight

Tonight marks the television debut of Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired on HBO. I first wrote about this documentary on BOTS back in March when it slipped into the United States under the radar.

The film dissects Polanski's statutory rape of 13-year-old girl in Jack Nicholson's hot tub and his subsequent fugitive flight to Paris where he has remained ever since. The L.A. Times says "(i)t is not a film with easy answers," as it looks at the courtroom manipulations of a limelight-seeking judge and adds that it is "(f)ar from a tedious legal deconstruction."

Polanski claimed his relationship with the media went downhill after the murder of his 8-month pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, by followers of Charles Manson. The American press was already leery of him because of the films he made such as Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby.

Check out this interview in Filmmaker with co-writer/co-director Marina Zenovich wherein she talks about the difficulty of getting solid answers from interviewees.

I do not subscribe to HBO, so let me know if you like/loathe the film.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Found this documentary very informative and enlightening. Told all sides- prosecution, defense, and victim. Film sort of made you feel sorry for Polanski.