Roman Polanski... (Film Producer)
Rajmund Roman Thierry Polanski (born August 18, 1933); Polanski is a Fugitive in the United States from unrelated charges.
| Roman Polanski was born on August 18, 1933, in Paris as Raimund Liebling to Ryszard Polanski (aka Ryszard Liebling), a Jew, and Bula Polanski (née Katz), a Roman Catholic.|
Roman Polanski was born on August 18, 1933, in Paris as Raimund Liebling to Ryszard Polanski (aka Ryszard Liebling), a Jew, and Bula Polanski (née Katz), a Roman Catholic.
In 1937 his family moved back to Poland. His mother died in a concentration camp, but Polanski avoided incarceration there, escaped the Cracow Ghetto and spent the war wandering the countryside of Europe. He was educated at the film school in Lodz, Poland (graduated in 1959).
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Several short films made during the study gained considerable recognition. His first major film Knife in the Water (1962) was the first significant Polish film after the war that was not associated with the war theme. It was Polanski's first nomination for the Oscar.
Polanski then made films in Great Britain; Repulsion, a disturbing tale of madness and alienation, and Cul-de-Sac.
Roman met rising starlet Sharon Tate while filming The Fearless Vampire Killers and during their time together doing the film they began dating. In 1968 Polanski went to Hollywood where he gained reputation with the sophisticated psychological thriller Rosemary's Baby (1968). On 25 January 1968 he married Sharon in London, England.
| At first Sharon did not like Roman Polanski, as she felt he was an absolute perfectionist, but soon she began to fall in love with the young Polish director. |
On August 9, 1969, an eight months pregnant Sharon was brutally murdered by Charles Manson's gang along with three of her and Roman's friends, coffee heiress Abigail Folger, international hairdresser Jay Sebring, Polanski's friend Wojciech Frykowski, and an unknown boy, Steven Parent. Distraught and heartbroken, Polanski returned to Europe shortly after Tate's funeral.
In 1974 he returned to the USA with the film Chinatown (1974). The film seemed to be the beginning of a new start for Polanski's professional life, as it brought him a nomination for an Academy Award for Directing. However, he became embroiled in a scandal surrounding rape charges involving him and a 13-year-old girl, Samantha Geimer, daughter of an actress. Polanski was initially charged with rape, suspicion of sodomy, child molestation and furnishing dangerous drugs to a minor; however these charges were eventually reduced to statutory rape at the request of the victim's mother.
| Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate Wedding, 1968 London. Polanski marries Tate at the Chelsea Registry Office in London on 20th January 1968, followed by star-studded wedding reception at the Playboy Club, with guests including Michael Caine, Joan Collins, John Mills, James Fox and other top celebrities of the day. |
According to reports, his fame gained him the trust of her mother to host the young model at his home for a photo session. Her mother hoped he would help her daughter into show business. After convincing her to get into his hot-tub, the victim alleged he drugged her with quaaludes and alcohol, and then proceeded to have nonconsensual intercourse with her. The sister of the girl heard her reporting the fact of sexual intercourse to her friend over the phone.
When her mother reported the incident to the police, he fled the United States but returned later to face the charges. On February 1, 1978, after pleading guilty to the charges, Polanski skipped bail and fled to France.
He received another Academy Award nomination for Tess (1979). During the filming he had a relationship with the young Nastassja Kinski; the relationship failed. Since Tess Polanski has spent his time in France and Poland, and continues to direct movies and theater and act in films. He married actress and model Emmanuelle Seigner in 1989. They have two children: Morgane and Elvis.
| Roman Polanski sits in disbelief on the bloodstained porch at 10050 Cielo Drive, where his pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, and four others were butchered just nights before. The word 'PIG' is clearly visible on the door, scrawled in Tate's blood. |
Polanski was laureate of the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) award at the Cannes Film Festival on May 26 2002 for The Pianist, later winning the 2002 Academy Award for Directing. He could not attend the awards, held in Hollywood, because he still faces sentencing of up to 50 years in prison if he ever returns to the USA.
During the summer and autumn 2004, Roman Polanski shot a new film adaptation of the famous 'Oliver Twist' novel from Charles Dickens. The shooting took place at the Barrandov studios in Prague, Czech Republic. Ronald Harwood wrote the screenplay. Starring are Barney Clark (Oliver Twist), Jamie Foreman (Bill Sykes), Harry Eden (the Artful Dodger), Ben Kingsley (Fagin), Leanne Rowe (Nancy), Edward Hardwicke (Mr Brownlow). Besides the cast, the director gathered again some of his colloborators from his previous movies : Ronald Harwood (screenplay), Allan Starski (production designer), Pawel Edelman (director of photography), Anna Sheppard (costume designer). It seems somehow important to Polanski at this point to make a film for children, and maybe also for his own children. Although one could expect some dark aspects in the movie, it is also likely to be quite joyful and full of humour.
Roman Polanski speaks five languages: Polish, Russian, English, French and Italian.