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October 5, 2009 | Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The director's movies, such as his Oscar-winning 2002 film 'The Piano,' may reflect his world view on morality and the role of the artist in society. |Reed Johnson Should great artists be treated differently from ordinary mortals? Does a musician, painter, writer or filmmaker who creates soul-stirring and sublime works deserve a free pass, special dispensation, a get-out-of-jail card, so to speak? I raise these questions in regard to Roman Polanski, the French-Polish director who soon may be extradited back to Los Angeles to face the consequences of a crime he committed in 1977, then fled from -- but not in connection to his sordid legal situation.
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September 16, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
HENDERSON, Nev. - In 2009, Samantha Geimer was watching the daytime talk show "The View" from her then-home in Hawaii when the panel took up the topic of her encounter at age 13 with director Roman Polanski. Polanski had just been arrested in Switzerland, more than three decades after the day in 1977 that changed both their lives. "It wasn't rape-rape," co-host Whoopi Goldberg said, setting off a firestorm of criticism. In fact, it was "rape-rape" by nearly any definition except the charge to which Polanski pleaded guilty (unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor)
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February 19, 2010 | By KENNETH TURAN, Film Critic
Roman Polanski's been in the news a lot lately but not for the best of reasons. Between his September arrest in Switzerland and the media rehashing of the case that made him flee the U.S. in the first place, it's been possible to forget that his powerful gifts as a filmmaker were what made him famous in the first place. With the deliciously unsettling "The Ghost Writer," however, a dark pearl of a movie whose great flair and precision make it Polanski's best work in quite a while, the 76-year-old director forcefully reminds us what all the fuss was about.
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August 15, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
No other contemporary filmmaker has had a career like Roman Polanski. The lauded director, who turns 80 Sunday, has been making feature films since the 1962 thriller "Knife in the Water," which he made in his native Poland. His most recent feature, "Venus in Fur" starring his third wife, Emmanuelle Seigner, screened this May at the Cannes Film Festival. Over the subsequent decades, the Holocaust survivor has directed visionary, innovative and paranoid dramas and darkly comedic films, including such landmark pictures as 1968's "Rosemary's Baby," 1974's "Chinatown" and 2002's "The Pianist," for which he won the Oscar for directing.
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September 28, 2011
Roman Polanski returned to the Zurich Film Festival on Tuesday to accept the lifetime achievement award he was unable to pick up two years ago after being arrested for a decades-old sex-crime case in Los Angeles. The Polish-French director of "Rosemary's Baby" was detained on arrival at Zurich airport in 2009 on charges of having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977. He spent months in prison and later house arrest, but successfully avoided extradition to the United States after the Swiss government declined to deport him. Now able to travel unhindered to Switzerland, Polanski, 78, arrived at the festival hall on Tuesday to a standing ovation.
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August 15, 2013 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
No other contemporary filmmaker has had a career like Roman Polanski. The lauded director, who turns 80 Sunday, has been making feature films since the 1962 thriller "Knife in the Water," which he made in his native Poland. His most recent feature, "Venus in Fur" starring his third wife, Emmanuelle Seigner, screened this May at the Cannes Film Festival. Over the subsequent decades, the Holocaust survivor has directed visionary, innovative and paranoid dramas and darkly comedic films, including such landmark pictures as 1968's "Rosemary's Baby," 1974's "Chinatown" and 2002's "The Pianist," for which he won the Oscar for directing.
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December 27, 1987
I was sitting in a show-business bar with friends recently, discussing the article your magazine printed on Roman Polanski's possible return. The consensus was that if Stacy Keach could do nine months in an English slammer and Sean Penn could do 30 days in Los Angeles County Jail, then Roman should certainly do time as well. He engaged in unlawful sexual activity with a minor, then jumped bail and spent the past several years in Paris. Such an "exile" is hardly a hardship. Jon Erik Beckjord Malibu
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July 25, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
Samantha Geimer, the woman Roman Polanski was convicted of having sex with when she was 13, has released a provocative cover for her new memoir, “The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski.” The image is a photograph that the “Chinatown” director took of Geimer in 1977, three weeks before the notorious night that changed both of their lives. In the photo, Geimer, then an aspiring model named Samantha Gailey, still has the chubby cheeks of a girl on the cusp of adolescence, a gold heart dangling from a chain on her neck and a far-away look in her eyes.
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May 30, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Is Megan Draper morphing into Sharon Tate? That's the conspiracy theory currently lighting up the Internet, thanks mostly to a T-shirt worn by Don Draper's lovely second wife in Sunday's episode, "The Better Half. " “Mad Men” viewers are nothing if not an obsessive bunch, known for parsing the show's many oblique references for any hint of what's to come. Series creator Matthew Weiner is also notoriously secretive, which only encourages even more rampant speculation and frenzied over-analysis.
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January 24, 2013
Catch a rare 35mm screening of director Roman Polanski's first English-language film, "Repulsion. " This creepy 1965 horror flick chronicles the meltdown of a young Catherine Deneuve as she deals with intimacy issues in a very strange way. The Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N Fairfax Ave., L.A. Fri. to Thu. Times vary. $12. (323) 655-2510; http://www.cinefamily.org.
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October 10, 2012
The former teen with whom Roman Polanski was convicted of having sex - leading to one of Hollywood's most notorious scandals and the director's flight from the U.S. - is writing a memoir. Samantha Geimer, now 47, has a deal with Atria Books for "The Girl: Emerging From the Shadow of Roman Polanski. " Atria, a Simon & Schuster imprint, announced Tuesday that the book will come out next fall. "I am more than 'Sex Victim Girl,' a tag the media pinned on me," Geimer, who long ago identified herself as Polanski's victim, said in a statement released through Atria.
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September 21, 2012
Scarlett Johansson and Benjamin Walker are officially set to get all hot and bothered in the upcoming Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. " The actors will play Maggie and Brick in a new production that is expected to open Jan. 17 at New York's Richard Rodgers Theatre. The revival, which begins previews in December, marks Johansson's return to the stage following her Tony-winning performance in the 2010 Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge.
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September 20, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
Roman Polanski is headed back to the Broadway well. The controversial Polish-born director, who last adapted the stage hit “God of Carnage” for the screen, will tackle “Venus in Fur,” David Ives' Tony Award-winning comedy- drama that opened on Broadway last year. Polanski, who lives in Paris, will shoot the movie in French, with his wife Emmanuelle Seigner (“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” “Frantic”) taking on the role that Nina Arianda made popular. Polanski and Ives are writing the screenplay--the latter also worked several years ago on the stage adaptation of Polanski's "The Fearless Vampire Killers"--and Lionsgate is producing the film, with the company's Summit International division peddling foreign rights that will help finance the picture.
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July 20, 2012 | Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
Everyone hated Los Angeles in the 1970s. If you didn't, you were ashamed to admit it. When my friend and I came home from college in Berkeley to do what we saw as cool, noirish things - drive by the house where the Manson family murdered somebody, or sneak into Houdini's deserted mansion - we kept it quiet so we wouldn't be labeled "plastic. " I was reminded of this when "Chinatown"screened at the Hollywood Forever cemetery this summer. Three hours before the film started, hundreds of college and post-college kids toting sleeping bags and wicker hampers crammed onto the roped-off lawn in front of the cemetery gate to see Roman Polanski's 1974 L.A. noir epic.
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January 23, 2012 | By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
Philip Vannatter, the Los Angeles police detective who led the investigation of the 1994 slayings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, has died. Vannatter died of complications from cancer Friday in Santa Clarita, his wife, Rita, said. He was 70. "He was a real blue-collar detective," O.J. Simpson prosecutor Christopher Darden said in an emotional interview Sunday. "He did his job the best he could and he was a fine detective, one of the best. " Vannatter was among the first detectives to arrive at former football star Simpson's mansion in June 1994 after the stabbing deaths of Simpson's ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend, Goldman.
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