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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

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"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."

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

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