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Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
Roman Polanski Wanted and Desired
Actors: Pedro Almodóvar, Istvan Bajzat, Steve Barshop, Marilyn Beck, Madeline Bessmer
Director: Marina Zenovich
Genres: Documentary, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2009     1hr 39min

Genre: Documentary Rating: NR Release Date: 27-JAN-2009 Media Type: DVD


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Actors: Pedro Almodóvar, Istvan Bajzat, Steve Barshop, Marilyn Beck, Madeline Bessmer
Director: Marina Zenovich
Creators: Marina Zenovich, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Lila Yacoub, Michelle Sullivan, Joe Bini, P.G. Morgan
Genres: Documentary, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Documentary, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Velocity / Thinkfilm
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 01/27/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 39min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish, English

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Richard W. (rewfilmmaker) from NAPLES, FL
Reviewed on 2/25/2013...
After watching this you can understand why he left the country and wouldn't want to return. Excellent.
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Movie Reviews

Persuasive arguments
Clare Quilty | a little pad in hawaii | 11/02/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is a crisp, well-structured documentary which brings together most of the principal facts and figures in Polanski's 1977-1978 unlawful sexual intercourse trial.

Two are missing from the scene -- Polanski himself and Judge Laurence Rittenband, who presided over the case -- and they're the most important and, among followers of the situation, the most divisive.

The filmmakers have a clear respect for Polanski the artist, but they make two points painfully clear: That, in 1977, he gave a 13-year-old girl Quaaludes and champagne before having sex with her; and that the case was poorly (in some cases illegally) handled by Rittenband, who was eventually removed from the case.

Rittenband is dead and Polanski fled to France rather than face his judge's increasingly sketchy demands but most of the principals are here, particularly defense attorney Douglas Dalton, former assistant D.A. Roger Gunson and the victim herself, Samantha Geimer, who's now in her mid-40s, a mother of three children and seems ready to put the whole matter to rest.

The account is fascinating, and artfully punctuated by scenes from Polanski's films, particularly those he appeared in including "Chinatown," "The Tenant" and "The Fat and the Lean," which was made a decade-and-a-half before the trouble but which features Polanski dancing on cue to a drum beaten by a man who, ironically, bears no small resemblance to Rittenband himself.

I never like to assume that I'm an expert on a situation simply after seeing one documentary about it, but it's a persuasive argument when a Mormon district attorney sides with a sex offender and his defense lawyer against a judge. That's pretty convincing evidence this movie is spouting something close to the truth."
Roman Polanski, wanted and desired
Therese Obrecht | Geneva, Switzerland | 02/15/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Excellent documentary, well researched, giving an unbiased and full account of the Polanski case. Excellent testimony of his lawyer who plainly told him that he could not expect a fair treatment from judge Rittenband."