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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: HarperEntertainment (2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060582669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060582661
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,726,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An all-around well written autobiography.
R. McRae
He strikes me as a person with a very powerful presence and state of mind and that impression certainly comes through in his films.
Donna Di Giacomo
Anyone who admires Polanski's work will love this book.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By mirasreviews HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 7, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When Roman Polanski wrote this autobiography, he was still under a pall of pessimism following the murder of his wife, Sharon Tate, 15 years earlier. I imagine that a lot has changed in his life since 1984, considering his remarriage and new family. But "Roman by Polanski" is a very readable, articulate, and seemingly candid account of Polanski's childhood in German-occupied Poland, his youth under communism, his professional struggles and emergence as a coveted talent in the 1960s, when he took up a bohemian lifestyle in Hollywood and London. That was shattered, of course, by the murder of 5 people, including his wife, as his L.A. home by the Manson "Family" in August 1969, an event which is often cited as the end of the freewheeling '60s. Polanski later fled the United States over sentencing irregularities in a statutory rape case, and he offers his view of that situation as well.

Polanski recounts the making of his films in varying degrees of detail, from his student productions in Poland through "Tess". At the time he wrote this book, he was burned out on filmmaking and had returned to the stage to play the part of Mozart in Peter Schaffer's play "Amadeus". Polanski lays out the events of his personal and professional life plainly. He has had an interesting life, accentuated by the stark contrasts between communism and capitalism, poverty and wealth, freedom and persecution. Readers may be more curious about Polanski's character, though. He relished his lifestyle, was accused of rape, and so became the libertine that everyone loves to bash. His driving ambition in everything he attempts and his social values, from his reckless generosity to his many lovers, come across as having shaped his life. And they gave him many interesting stories to tell.
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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Annette L. Munson on March 15, 2001
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The myriad and often contradictory superlatives that define Roman Polanski are evident in his 1984 autobiography. A man of immense dichotomy: by turns exquisitely sensitive and dazzlingly brilliant yet capable of staggering insensitivity and cruelty; a singularly gifted filmmaker who has sometimes betrayed that talent completely; a man blessed with the reciprocal love and devotion of three of the world's most beautiful women (most notably Sharon Tate) and yet easily capable of sexist and loutish behavior, etc. The parade of paradoxes attendant to Polanski's life make for fascinating reading, evoke extremes of admiration and disdain on the part of the reader, and ultimately remind us that the author, like life itself, is not easily defined nor pigeonholed by a pool of platitudes.
As this tome lacks the direct input of anyone other than Polanski himself, much of the director's foibles and missteps are congealed in the inevitable patina of celebrity and privilege. But that's not the whole story - by far. Polanski's appalling childhood and the Manson murders of 1969 (Polanski's pregnant wife and unborn child were murdered by disciples of the would-be messiah) undoubtedly contributed to the self-destruction that is too frequently an underlying theme in his life.
The passages in which the author pays noble tribute to Tate provide a touching - and fitting - legacy to the lovely actress whose abundant goodness - her superior heart and her abiding selflessness - are manifest in Polanski's memories. It is, ultimately, this aspect of the book that remain in the reader's memory - long after the last page has been turned.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 30, 2004
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I lost my copy of this book years ago and am so glad to have it back. Anyone who admires Polanski's work will love this book. Anyone who questions Polanski's love of life, Sharon, and the World he lives in should read this book. You will understand him in a whole new light. He's amazing. Read this before any other about him. Please!!!!!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jan Peczkis on October 23, 2009
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Instead of repeating other reviewers, and dwelling on Polanski's (Liebling's) accomplishments and celebrity status, I limit my review to Polanski's experiences in Poland.

Polanski's childhood was spend near Krakow (Cracow). He avoided the Nazis by staying at the village of Wysoka with the Buchala family (pp. 39-46), where he did farm chores. Apart from being temporarily moved to another village to avoid a German census, and being shot at by a German for an unknown reason (p. 44), his stay was uneventful. He did not feel the need to hide in order to avoid getting denounced as a Jew. To the contrary: He freely played with the gentile boys in the village. (p. 43). When he revisited Poland in the early 1980's, he went to see the Buchalas, and learned from others that they were no longer alive.

The entering Red Army stole from the Poles. (p. 48). The privations of post-war Poles were obvious. Poles engaged in scavenging (p. 49) and, lacking enough clothes, had to wear discarded German uniforms for years. (p. 49). [Although Polanski doesn't develop this further, the circumstances described help illuminate Poles' looting of the places of the murders of Jews for valuables.] He also writes: "Because of the housing shortage, Mrs. Winowski was compelled to take lodgers." [Although Polanski doesn't mention postwar killings, the poverty and housing shortage help the reader understand why some Poles weren't exactly thrilled when Jewish survivors showed up and reclaimed their properties, and why, on rare occasions (600 out of 300,000 surviving Jews), Poles killed them. But note that, despite the extreme circumstances, the vast majority of Poles relinquished the properties without incident.
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