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Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired


3.7 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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One of the most controversial and brilliant directors, Roman Polanski has long been a subject of fascination for his films and his personal life. Reopening a case that sent shock waves through the world over three decades ago, this DVD intensely examines


When Polanski’s defense attorney says midway through this film that he "isn’t surprised Polanski left under the circumstances" surrounding this corrupted court case, one really begins to understand why the director has not returned to America in nearly 20 years. Wanted and Desired, Marina Zenovich’s documentary about Polanski’s 1977 arrest for rape of a minor set facts straight about a case that was blown to ridiculous proportions by a sensationalistic press and a judge who was far from judicious. Comprised of interviews with producers and friends Andrew Braunsberg, Daniel Melnick, Mia Farrow, and many others, the film obviously sympathizes with Polanski. But ample interviews with D.A. Roger Gunson and defense attorney, Douglas Dalton, lend factual credence to the film’s assertion that the director was not guilty as charged and further, shows how separate public image and the real person are. Wanted and Desired covers the tragic loss of his wife, Sharon Tate, only to preface the court case and Polanski’s departing the country as a result. Short clips from many of his fine films are interspersed to poignant effect between interview clips, to show how his public image has been wrongly writ based on his films’ dark subject matter. Polanski’s lack of participation in the film, then, seems not like his condemnation of its making, but rather in keeping with his desire to avoid press in general. At best, Wanted and Desired may serve as a further invitation to the brilliant director, who has been living in France for almost 20 years with a wife and two children, to someday return to America. —Trinie Dalton

Special features

  • Audio commentary with director Marina Zenovich and editor Joe Bini
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Never-Before-Seen and Extended Interviews

Product details

  • Actors: Andrew Braunsberg, Richard Brenneman, Douglas Dalton, Marilyn Beck, Steve Barshop
  • Directors: Marina Zenovich
  • Writers: Marina Zenovich, Joe Bini, P.G. Morgan
  • Producers: Marina Zenovich, Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte, Lila Yacoub, Michelle Sullivan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Velocity / Thinkfilm
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B001HB1K46
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,271 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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