Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired

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HBO, Graceful Pictures, BBC and Graceful Pictures Released 2008

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Director:
Marina Zenovich
Released:
2008
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Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired is a 2008 HBO documentary film about Polish director, Roman Polanski. Directed by Marina Zenovich, the movie outlines the issues surrounding Polanski's 1977 sexual misconduct case. Polanski fled the United States in 1977, after being charged with six counts of sexual behavior and rape, involving a 13-year-old girl. Although he was considered a fugitive from the United States, Polanski continued to work and make hit films all while evading extradition. The documentary not only explores the particulars of the case, it also explores the personal tragedies in Polanski's life that may have contributed to his behavior. Polanski was married to the actress Sharon Tate, who was famously murdered along with five others by members of Charles Manson's cult. And in spite of losing both parents during WWII, he would still become one of the most sought after directors in history. The documentary also features interviews with several key players in the case including law enforcement officials, as well as Polanski's friends and family members.moreless

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  • 90

    Variety Justin Chang

    A mesmerizing portrait of the director as acclaimed artist and tortured human being.

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The most significant fact of the film is that the prosecutor Gunson, a straight-laced Mormon, agrees with the defender Dalton that justice was not served.

  • 80

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Its one-week theatrical run will make it eligible for Academy Award consideration, though given that organization's often pitiful record when it comes to nonfiction film, it seems ...

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