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Roman Polanski: A Life in Exile (Modern Filmmakers) [Hardcover]

Julia Ain-Krupa

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December 21, 2009 0313377804 978-0313377808

Roman Polanski: A Life in Exile is a revealing look at this acclaimed filmmaker whose life in exile seems to have made his films all the more personal and powerful.

Written by a film critic, this insightful book follows Polanski's story from his childhood in a World War II Jewish ghetto to his early films in Poland; from his American breakout, Rosemary's Baby, to his wife's murder by the Manson family; from the spectacular return of Chinatown, to his exile as a convicted sex criminal, to the monumental career peak, The Pianist. The Holocaust, the oppression of communism, the shattering of the swinging 60s, the decadence of Hollywood, the life of a fugitive—Polanski experienced all of these firsthand, and understanding those experiences provides a fascinating pathway through his work.

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• Reveals the crucial details of Polanski's biography, especially his childhood in a Nazi-occupied Poland, that play a pivotal role in his filmmaking

• Spans the breadth of Polanski's career, including the early films made in Communist Poland

• Argues that Polanski's life as a fugitive in exile—from the Nazis, Communists, and ultimately from America—provides a revealing way of interpreting his films

• A bibliography of books, periodicals, DVD materials, and Internet sources relating to Polanski are referenced in the book

• Includes film stills that draw the reader in to Polanski's unique cinematic vision


"Julia Ain-Krupa surveys Polanski's career with the eye of an explorer and the heart of a connoisseur, linking the contents of his films with the events of his complicated life. Her affection for his cinema shines through on every page."


David Sterritt, Chairman, National Society of Film Critics, Professor Emeritus, Long Island University


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