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Roman Polanski

Roman Polanski

Roman Polanski (born 18 August 1933) is a Polish-French film director, producer, writer and actor. Born in Paris to Polish parents, Polanski relocated with his family to Poland in 1937. After surviving the Holocaust, he continued his education in Poland and became a critically acclaimed director of both art house and commercial films. Polanski's first feature-length film, Knife in the Water (1962), made in Poland, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. He has since received five more Oscar nominations, and in 2002 received the Academy Award for Best Director for his film, The Pianist. He has also been the recipient of two Baftas, four Césars, a Golden Globe and the Palme d'Or. He left Poland in 1961 to live in France for several years, then moved to the United Kingdom where he collaborated with Gérard Brach on three films, beginning with Repulsion (1965). In 1968 he moved to the United States, immediately cementing his burgeoning directing status with the 1968 groundbreaking Academy Award winning horror film Rosemary's Baby.

In 1969, Polanski's pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, was murdered while staying at the Polanski's Benedict Canyon home above Los Angeles by members of the Manson Family. Following Tate's death, Polanski returned to Europe and spent much of his time in Paris and Gstaad, but did not make another film until he filmed Macbeth (1971) in England. The following year he went to Italy to make What? (1973) and subsequently spent the next five years living near Rome. However, he traveled to Hollywood to direct Chinatown (1974) for Paramount Pictures, with Robert Evans serving as producer. The film was nominated for eleven Academy Awards, and was a critical and box-office success; the script by Robert Towne won for Best Original Screenplay. Polanski's next film, The Tenant (1976), was shot in France, and completed the "Apartment Trilogy", following Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby.

In 1977, after a photo shoot in Los Angeles, Polanski was arrested for the sexual abuse of a 13 year old girl. He was charged with rape but pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a minor. To avoid sentencing, Polanski fled to his home in London, and then moved on to France the following day. He has had a U.S. arrest warrant outstanding since then, and an international arrest warrant since 2005.

Polanski continued to make films such as The Pianist (2002), a World War II-set adaptation of Jewish-Polish musician Władysław Szpilman's autobiography of the same name, which echoed some of Polanski's earlier life experiences. Like Szpilman, Polanski escaped the ghetto and the concentration camps while family members were killed. The film won three Academy Awards including Best Director, the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or, and seven French César Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. He then released the successful films Oliver Twist (2005), To Each His Own Cinema (2007), and The Ghost Writer (2010), completed while under house arrest.

In September 2009, Polanski was arrested by Swiss police, at the request of U.S. authorities, when he traveled to receive a lifetime achievement award at the Zurich Film Festival.In October 2009, the U.S. requested his extradition; however, on July 12, 2010, the Swiss rejected that request and instead declared him a "free man" after releasing him from custody.

Roman Polanski Movies : Filmography

Hollywood Banker

Hollywood Banker

himself

Released: 2014  

La Vénus à la fourrure

La Vénus à la fourrure

Released: 2013  

Seduced and Abandoned

Seduced and Abandoned

Himself

Released: 2013  

Venus in Fur

Venus in Fur

Released: 2013  

Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out

Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out

Himself (archive footage)

Released: 2012  

A Therapy

A Therapy

Released: 2012  

Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir

Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir

Himself

Released: 2011  

Carnage

Carnage

Released: 2011  

Tanz Der Vampire: Das Musical

Tanz Der Vampire: Das Musical

Directing

Released: 2010  

The Ghost Writer

The Ghost Writer

Released: 2010 Rated: PG-13 

GREED, a New Fragrance by Francesco Vezzoli

GREED, a New Fragrance by Francesco Vezzoli

Directing

Released: 2009  

Quiet Chaos

Quiet Chaos

Steiner

Released: 2008  

Rush Hour 3

Rush Hour 3

Det. Revi

Released: 2007 Rated: PG-13 

To Each His Own Cinema

To Each His Own Cinema

Released: 2007  

Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

Released: 2005 Rated: PG-13 

The Pianist

The Pianist

Released: 2002 Rated:

Rosemary's Baby: A Retrospective

Rosemary's Baby: A Retrospective

Himself

Released: 2000 Rated: NR 

Tribute to Alfred Lepetit

Tribute to Alfred Lepetit

Released: 2000  

The Ninth Gate

The Ninth Gate

Released: 1999 Rated:

Playboy: The Story of X

Playboy: The Story of X

himself

Released: 1998  

Empire of the Censors

Empire of the Censors

Released: 1995  

A Pure Formality

A Pure Formality

Inspector

Released: 1994  

Death and the Maiden

Death and the Maiden

Released: 1994  

Bitter Moon

Bitter Moon

Released: 1992  

Frantic

Frantic

Released: 1988 Rated:

Pirates

Pirates

Released: 1986  

Tess

Tess

Released: 1979 Rated: PG 

The Tenant

The Tenant

Trelkovsky

Released: 1976  

Blood for Dracula

Blood for Dracula

Gambler

Released: 1974  

Chinatown

Chinatown

Released: 1974 Rated:

What?

What?

Released: 1972  

Weekend of a Champion

Weekend of a Champion

Released: 1972  

A Day At The Beach

A Day At The Beach

Released: 1972  

The Tragedy of Macbeth

The Tragedy of Macbeth

Released: 1971  

Ciao, Federico!

Ciao, Federico!

Released: 1970  

The Magic Christian

The Magic Christian

solitary drinker

Released: 1969  

Rosemary's Baby

Rosemary's Baby

Released: 1968  

Mia and Roman

Mia and Roman

Himself

Released: 1968 Rated: NR 

The Fearless Vampire Killers

The Fearless Vampire Killers

Released: 1967  

Cul-de-sac

Cul-de-sac

Released: 1966  

Repulsion

Repulsion

Released: 1965 Rated: NR 

Aimez-vous les femmes ?

Aimez-vous les femmes ?

Released: 1964  

Ssaki

Ssaki

Released: 1962  

Knife in the Water

Knife in the Water

Young Boy (voice)

Released: 1962  

le gros et le maigre

le gros et le maigre

Released: 1961  

Niewinni czarodzieje

Niewinni czarodzieje

Dudzio

Released: 1960  

Goodbye, See You Tomorrow

Goodbye, See You Tomorrow

Romek

Released: 1960  

Bad Luck (Zezowate szczescie)

Bad Luck (Zezowate szczescie)

Directing

Assistant Director

Released: 1960  

Gdy spadaja anioly

Gdy spadaja anioly

Released: 1959  

Lotna

Lotna

Musician

cast

Released: 1959  

The Lamp

The Lamp

Released: 1959  

Two Men and a Wardrobe

Two Men and a Wardrobe

Released: 1958  

Wraki

Wraki

Romek

Released: 1957  

Usmiech zebiczny

Usmiech zebiczny

Released: 1957  

Rozbijemy zabawę

Rozbijemy zabawę

Released: 1957  

Murder

Murder

Released: 1957  

Pokolenie

Pokolenie

Mundek

Released: 1955  

Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist