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LA Journos Defend Latest Roman Polanski Doc

Should a documentary conversation between filmmaker Roman Polanski and one of his closest friends and associates have essentially skirted the topic of the 1977 sexual assault above Mulholland Drive? That’s one of the first questions being addressed by local reporters covering this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

At Hollywood Elsewhere, Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir reviewer Jeffrey Wells suggests that “Polanski pitch-forkers will dismiss” the movie. He and colleague Sasha Stone are themselves quick to dismiss in the comments user Abbey_Normal, who innocently asks and then follows up about the topic of whether or not the episode is covered:

Dude, I’m not a pitch-forker, I’m just curious how they addressed it. Did they not even mention it? Wouldn’t most people watching a documentary on Polanski expect them to say SOMETHING about an incident that has haunted him for decades, effectively exiled him from a number of countries, and left him reviled, fairly or not, by massive swaths of people?

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Horrors, Polanski May Have To Thank An Unknown When He Gets His Next Oscar


Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski may have to thank L.A.-based indie documentary-maker Marina Zenovich if he’s able to overturn his sexual misconduct charges and return to the U.S. again after 30 years.

zeno.jpgZenovich, who is an old pal of FBLA, had been working on the doc “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired” for more than a decade. After finding partial financing, she had been doggedly at it for years. Even when she got close, Polanski still denied any interviews. When she finally finished it, HBO swept in and championed the film.

Now, it looks like Polanski will take another stab at coming to the U.S. The “Chinatown” and “Rosemary’s Baby” director, through new attorneys, has filed a petition to have the charges dropped.

The lawyers, in their complaint, cited Zenovich’s film and the smoking gun evidence that the sitting judge may have overstepped his bounds.

“The release of the documentary film ‘Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired’ and its aftermath have revealed a pattern of misconduct and improper communications between the Superior Court and the District Attorney’s Office, in violation of the rule of law and without the knowledge of the defendant or his counsel,” the lawyers said. “This case serves as a classic example of how our justice system can be abused, and defendants’ rights trampled, by an unholy alliance between courts and criminal prosecutors.”

The Hollywood Reporter said its position for several years has been “if Mr. Polanski wants to resolve this matter, he must appear in person. Should he do so, he would be taken to Dept. 100 for sentencing – which is where this all left off. At that point, his attorneys would be free to pursue whatever legal strategy they choose.”

Polanski resides in Paris and is a French citizen. He won the best director Oscar in 2002 for “The Pianist.” Unable to attend the ceremony, Polanski received his statue at the Deauville Film Festival where it was presented to him by his “Frantic” star, Harrison Ford.

If I were Polanski, I wouldn’t trust ‘em.

Zenovich And Doc Subject Polanski Expected To Meet In Italy

Marina Zenovich, a Los Angeles-based director who created “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,” a doc about the notorious statutory 1977 rape case against the famed director of such films as “Chinatown” and “Rosemary’s Baby,” will finally get to fully meet her subject at Italy’s Turin Film Festival in mid-Novemberpolanski.jpgmarina.jpg.

Zenovich tells FBLA that she tried and tried to secure him for an interview for the doc, but was only allowed a passing accidental meet. But she still persevered over more than five years and the film screened earlier this year on HBO.

Oliver Stone, fresh off of the domestic release of his Bush-pasting “W,” will also attend, according to Variety.