Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired

The name Roman Polanski conjures up different responses. To many film buffs he is the Polish wunderkind who rocketed out of the Lodz film school in Poland to direct the dark and mysterious Knife in the Water (1962), a tale of fear and betrayal on the high seas heralded for its thematic complexity and perfect camera placement. Others may identify him with his British films of the mid-1960s, including the terrifying Repulsion (1965), about a shy young woman (Catherine Deneuve), who slowly loses her mind as we witness her decline. Many will remember Polanski for his two great American films, the hugely influential Rosemary’s Baby (1968) or the near-perfect Chinatown (1974). A few may even recall that he won the Academy Award for best director in 2002 for The Pianist.


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