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A mini-retrospective devoted to Polanski at San Francisco's Roxie Theater yields not only a double bill of "Chinatown" and "Frantic," but a live Skyped interview with the director of both, Roman Polanski, from his now seemingly permanent place of exile, Paris. Thom Mount, the executive producer of Polanski's "Pirates" and producer of "Frantic" and "Death and the Maiden," conducts the Skype interview.  We're told that there's a camera pointing towards the Roxie audience, so that Polanski can see Mount and us.  Polanski talks about editing "Venus in Fur," a French film starring Emmanuuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric. While waiting in line at the Roxie, I'm handed a flyer containing some facts about Polanski's 1977 arrest for statutory rape, which ended with him fleeing the country because of fears that his plea bargain would not be honored and a jail sentence imposed instead.  This Is Rape Culture, reads the bottom of the flyer. »

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