Roman Polanski to shoot in Poland if given legal assurance

  • Gautaman Bhaskaran, Hindustan Times, Chennai
  • Updated: Jul 01, 2014 13:49 IST

The ghost of 1977 continues to haunt the celebrated Polish auteur, Roman Polanski. He is wanted for a 1977 sex crime he committed in the USA, a country he ran away from and has never gone back to.

Polanski holds a dual citizenship, French and Polish, and although Warsaw can extradite him to America, it is unlikely to do so. Polanski did go to a film festival there last year, and returned unscathed to Paris, where he was born and has been living there for many, many years.

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Now that Polanski is all set to shoot a movie in Poland about the Dreyfus Affair (the true story of a young French army captain who suffered a terrible miscarriage of justice in the closing years of 1800s), the director is anxious for a legal assurance from Warsaw that he will not be penalised.

Polanski has already rented an apartment in Krakow, a city where he grew up and where he plans to shoot his film. Its working title is The Dreyfus Affair and is based on the Robert Harris novel, An Officer and A Spy.

Polanski has had a troubled life. His family moved to Krakow just before World War II broke out, and the young boy lived through the nightmare of Holocaust. Later, his pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, was murdered in their Los Angeles flat by members of a radical sect.

Winner of several Oscar nominations, Golden Globes and a Cannes Palm d’Or, Polanski must have fought hard to get through the dark days of his life. He has made some brilliant cinema -- Rosemary’s Baby, Chinatown, Tess, Bitter Moon, The Pianist, The Ghost Writer and Carnage. And he has inspired directors as renowned as the Coen Brothers, Wes Anderson, David Fincher, Atom Egoyan, Darren Aronofsky and Abel Ferrara.

Many of Polanski’s works have been seen in India.

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