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Polanski has now become a test case for whether personal life and artistic output can be separated. Both victim and perpetrator of unspeakable violence and tragedy, he's hard to judge – a Holocaust survivor who's also a sex criminal; where do you start? With the films, though, you're on extremely solid ground. Whether working in Poland, Paris, London or Hollywood, his works are some of cinema's finest, and in his 80th year, he's still making them. Reissues of Repulsion and Chinatown (see this week's new films) lead this complete, two-month retrospective.

BFI Southbank, SE1, Sat to 28 Feb

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