Roman Polanski is certainly not hiding from the public eye, despite attempts by the California government to have him extradited in relation to an unlawful sexual intercourse conviction (the director was accused of drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977). In fact, the director has announced that his next project, "D," will focus on a man who knew a thing or two about persecution: Alfred Dreyfus.
It's a particularly unsubtle move, as supporters of the director have drawn comparisons between Polanski and the artillery officer sentenced to treason on false charges in the late 1800's. Dreyfus was falsely accused of treason and sentenced to life in prison in 1894 before eventually having his name cleared by the writer Emile Zola.
In a statement (via The New York Times), Polanski said the movie was about "the age-old spectacle of the witch hunt of a minority group, security paranoia, secret military tribunals, out-of-control intelligence agencies, governmental cover-ups and a rabid press."
Dreyfus was a Jewish soldier who was punished despite the government's awareness of the real culprit, Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy. Of course, the parallels to Polanski's case are a bit thin -- there is no "other culprit" in the case, and Polanski's alleged crime was not betraying a nation but sexually assaulting a teenage model. Also, Polanski pled guilty.
The director has a strong contingent of supporters and defenders, both in the film community and in European culture at large. Bernard Henri-Levi, a French public intellectual, has written passionately in defense of Polanski (including in blogs for this site), going so far as to call filmmakers who don't demand Polanski's acquittal "mediocre and craven 'citizens.'"
In 2011, Polanski returned to Zurich (where he had previously been living under house arrest) to receive a lifetime achievement award that the festival had attempted to give him two years prior.
Since winning the Oscar for Best Directing for 2002's "The Pianist," Polanski has continued to make a film approximately every two years. His most notable film in recent years is "The Ghost Writer," starring Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan. He also directed last year's "Carnage."
"D" will begin filming later this year in Paris and is expected to be distributed in all major markets.
'The Ghost Writer' Trailer HD
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The Pianist Trailer
A Trailer of the movie the pianist starring Adrien Brody. And because of all the SOPA acts and stuff I have to say that this is not my video. I don't own any rights for this video, I just want to share it for fun!
Chinatown (1974) Trailer
JJ 'Jake' Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is a private detective who is hired by Evelyn Mulwray to investigate her husband Hollis, the engenier of the water department, because she thinks he's having an affair. Gittes finds out later that her client wasn't the real Mrs. Mulwray. After her husband dies at the water reservoir, Jake gets deeply involved in the case. He has a romance with the real Evelyn Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) and finds out she is the daughter of Noah Cross (John Huston), one of the most powerful men in Los Angeles, who has interests in the lands near the reservoir. Chinatown won the Academy Award of Best Original Screenplay in 1975. The Movie had a total of 11 nominations: Best Picture Best Director (Roman Polanski) Best Actor in a Leading Role (Jack Nicholson) Best Actress in a Leading Role (Faye Dunaway) Best Original Screenplay Best Cinematography Best Film Editing Best Art Direction Best Costume Design Best Sound Best Original Dramatic Score
ROSEMARY'S BABY [1968 TRAILER]
Theatrical trailer for the classic William Castle thriller "Rosemary's Baby" starring Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes and Ruth Gordon (Best Supporting Actress Oscar). Directed by Roman Polanski. After moving into a creepy old apartment in Manhattan with her husband Guy, Rosemary Woodhouse begins to experience odd, unpleasant things happening to her. Guy becomes enchanted with their nosy neighbors, Minnie and Roman Castevet, after the older couple's ward commits suicide. Then Rosemary gets pregnant after a bad dream in which a horrible creature makes love to her. A caring Minnie keeps giving her some weird concoction for the pregnancy and Rosemary doesn't feel at all well. The only solution is, as the tag-line says, to "pray for Rosemary's baby." Written by alfiehitchie.
The Tenant (Roman Polanski) - TRAILER
CARNAGE Trailer 2011 - Official [HD]
Carnage Trailer 2011 - Official Roman Polanski's Film Trailer in HD - starring Kate Winslet, John C. Reilly, Jodie Foster, and Christoph Waltz. Set in contemporary Brooklyn, New York, Carnage centers on two pairs of parents one of whose child has hurt the other at a public park, who meet...
Bitter Moon (Roman Polanski, 1992) - trailer
British couple Fiona and Nigel Dobson are sailing to Istanbul en route to India. They encounter a beautiful French woman, and that night Nigel meets her while dancing alone in the ship's bar. Later he meets her crippled American husband Oscar, who tells him their story. While living in Paris for several years trying to be a writer, he becomes obsessed with a woman he met by chance on a bus. He tracks her down and they start a steamy love affair. Soon Oscar finds himself enslaved body and soul by her love, and continues to tell Nigel the details of this relationship in various stages over a number of visits to Oscar's cabin.
Repulsion is a 1965 film directed by Roman Polanski on a scenario by Gerard Brach and Roman Polanski. It was Polanski's first English language film, and was filmed in Britain. The cast includes Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry, John Fraser, Yvonne Furneaux, with a cameo appearance by Roman Polanski himself. It is widely considered a masterpiece of the psychological thriller. www.amazon.co.uk EXTRACT FROM 'CALEDONIA UBER ALLES' FANZINE INTERVIEW WITH EDWARD BALL OF THE TIMES UK POP GROUP, 1985 (UNPUBLISHED) CUA; Repulsion or Rosemarys Baby? Deneuve or Farrow? EB; Oh, Deneuve in Repulsion, definitely. I live 50 yards away from the Repulsion pub, always expect John Fraser to be be in there nursing a half pint of Watneys Pale Ale.
The Tragedy of Macbeth (1971) - Roman Polanski - Trailer
The Tragedy of Macbeth (1971) directed by Roman Polanski starring Jon Finch, Francesca Annis and Martin Shaw
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly referred to the gentleman at the heart of the Dreyfus Affair as Richard Dreyfus. The Dreyfus involved is Alfred Dreyfus, and the error has been corrected above. Richard Dreyfus is an American actor. The article also incorrectly described California's government as seeking Polanski's extradition to face rape charges. Polanski was already convicted of unlawful sexual intercourse, and the government is seeking his extradition over an unserved sentence. The error has also been corrected above.