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Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired 2008 UNRATED

3.8 out of 5 stars (26) IMDb 7.3/10

One of the most controversial and brilliant directors, Roman Polanski has long been a subject of fascination for his films (Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown, The Pianist) and his personal life.

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Andrew Braunsberg, Richard Brenneman
Runtime:
1 hour, 40 minutes

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Genres Documentary
Director Marina Zenovich
Starring Andrew Braunsberg, Richard Brenneman
Supporting actors Douglas Dalton, Marilyn Beck, Steve Barshop, Madeline Bessmer, Michael M. Crain, Samantha Geimer, Mia Farrow, Pedro Almodóvar, Istvan Bajzat, Pierre-André Boutang, Nicolas Cage, Michael Caine, John Cassavetes, Dick Cavett, Furnell Chatman, Joan Collins, Stephen Daldry, Catherine Deneuve
Studio Egami
MPAA rating Unrated
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This documentary by Steven Soderbergh was fascinating and I learned quite a bit about Roman Polanski that I never knew because I hadn't followed his case that closely. I didn't know he was a Holocaust survivor and had lost his parents to the camps. I did know that his wife Sharon Tate was brutally murdered by the freakish Manson clan. And I imagine that all those hideous and traumatic incidents left a terrible and indelible mark on his psyche. But does this somehow justify drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl?

The production is far too sympathetic toward Polanski. Yes, it appears he had a judge who was obsessed with celebrities and his own fame and publicity. Yes, it looks as though his sentence was unfair, but even the original proposal to incarcerate Polanski for 90 days for a diagnostic was absurd. 90 days for taking a pubescent girl and giving her Quaaludes and sodomizing her? Please? What century are we living in?

Although the girl who was molested appeared on the show and spoke as an adult, I got the distinct impression that the message was "poor Roman", not "poor 13-year-old girl." At one point her prior sexual history was even mentioned -- disgraceful -- yet she clearly said that she had said *no* to him. Even if she had said *yes* and begged him to have sex with her, at 13, she didn't have the mental or legal ability to give consent.

The whole situation is very sad. If only Polanski had served out his time properly in the US, some of this would be behind him and perhaps he could have continued to be a wonderful director. People are complicated. Just because he committed a heinous act doesn't mean that he doesn't have redeeming qualities. He is brilliant and the French realize this.
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The presentation was excellent; the story, of course, is a terrible one. It makes one wonder if our justice system could use some cleaning as the judge in this case should have been disciplined. The attorneys (for each side) were professional in every way. I remember when this case was playing out (way back when), but didn't pay enough attention to it at the time. An amazing story and well worth the time spent to watch it. Well done!
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This is a crisp, well-structured documentary which brings together most of the principal facts and figures in Polanski's 1977-1978 unlawful sexual intercourse trial.

Two are missing from the scene -- Polanski himself and Judge Laurence Rittenband, who presided over the case -- and they're the most important and, among followers of the situation, the most divisive.

The filmmakers have a clear respect for Polanski the artist, but they make two points painfully clear: That, in 1977, he gave a 13-year-old girl Quaaludes and champagne before having sex with her; and that the case was poorly (in some cases illegally) handled by Rittenband, who was eventually removed from the case.

Rittenband is dead and Polanski fled to France rather than face his judge's increasingly sketchy demands but most of the principals are here, particularly defense attorney Douglas Dalton, former assistant D.A. Roger Gunson and the victim herself, Samantha Geimer, who's now in her mid-40s, a mother of three children and seems ready to put the whole matter to rest.

The account is fascinating, and artfully punctuated by scenes from Polanski's films, particularly those he appeared in including "Chinatown," "The Tenant" and "The Fat and the Lean," which was made a decade-and-a-half before the trouble but which features Polanski dancing on cue to a drum beaten by a man who, ironically, bears no small resemblance to Rittenband himself.

I never like to assume that I'm an expert on a situation simply after seeing one documentary about it, but it's a persuasive argument when a Mormon district attorney sides with a sex offender and his defense lawyer against a judge. That's pretty convincing evidence this movie is spouting something close to the truth.
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Seemed a thorough accumulation of facts. I came away with questions about how the charges initially came out. Was it just after the act itself while Polanski and the girl were still in Jack Nicholson's home or did the girl wait until she got home and told her mother. That is a gray area for me. It looked like there were two different stories being told from the transcript questions at the beginning of the film about what actually took place. My question, "Was this simply revenge on a talented director?"
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A mostly fair look at the famous Roman Polanski under-aged sex scandal. While the documentary does paint Roman in a sympathetic light due his history it also places a lot of the blame on the press and a celebrity obsessed judge. The victim in the case has clearly put the actual incident with Roman behind her but still feels victimized by the press and the crappy way the judge and the judicial system handled the case.
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Excellent documentary, well researched, giving an unbiased and full account of the Polanski case. Excellent testimony of his lawyer who plainly told him that he could not expect a fair treatment from judge Rittenband.
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