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Roman Polanski: Wanted & Desired (2008/Image DVD)


Picture: C+†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: B-†††† Documentary: B-



When he first arrived on the scene, Roman Polanski was one of the most important directors in the world with films like Knife In The Water, Repulsion, Rosemaryís Baby and Chinatown.The latter happened after the horrible murder of Sharon Tate by real-life maniac Charles Manson and his brood, but Polanski had been through hell before as a Holocaust survivor and in the Naziís brutal invasion of Poland.So it is with dark irony that his own misdeed became his undoing; having sex with a 13-year-old girl.It has obscured his life and legacy, which is examined in Marina Zenovichís fascinating new documentary Roman Polanski: Wanted & Desired.


As you may know, Polanski eventually fled the U.S. never to return as of this posting and we learn how an out of control judge who was even asking others for advice on how to rule (!!!!) eventually deciding to throw the book at Polanski for ego reasons.To the documentaryís credit, it never glorifies Polanski, but definitely shows how the system failed and how it still fails as this case is still not resolved over a quarter-century later.This release has caused the case to be reopened, but it is such a mess, Polanski is never coming back, the 13-year-old (hunted by the European press as a seductress who was asking for it!!!) is an adult sick of the case and wants it closed and until works like Death & The Maiden and hit The Pianist, Polanski was in creative hell.No matter what you eventually conclude, this is a very thorough look at the case without focusing on the total significance of Polanskiís career.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 is not bad in its collage of old and new footage, ranging from film to analog video to current digital formats.The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is just fine, offering everything from very good stereo to old monophonic sound.The combination is what you would expect from a documentary and well edited at that.Extras include extended interviews, deleted scenes and a very good audio commentary by Zenovich and Editor Joe Bini.Roman Polanski: Wanted & Desired is a must-see about justice and injustice in America, as well as how power can get so easily twisted.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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