Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008)

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Examines the public scandal and private tragedy which led to legendary filmmaker Roman Polanski's sudden flight from the United States.


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Credited cast:
Andrew Braunsberg ...
Himself - Producer & Polanski's Friend
Richard Brenneman ...
Himself - Reporter, Santa Monica Evening Outlook
Douglas Dalton ...
Himself - Attorney for the Defense
Marilyn Beck ...
Herself - Hollywood Gossip Columnist
Steve Barshop ...
Himself - Assistant District Attorney
Madeline Bessmer ...
Herself - Girlfriend #2
Michael M. Crain ...
Himself - Former Public Defender
Samantha Geimer ...
Herself - Victim
Herself - Actress
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Himself (archive footage)
Istvan Bajzat ...
Himself - Photographer
Pierre-André Boutang ...
Himself - Polanski's Friend
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Guy Woodhouse (archive footage)


In 1977, Roman Polanski was arrested in Los Angeles on charges he gave drugs and had sex with a 13-year-old girl he was photographing for Vogue. Eleven months later, having pled guilty to one count, he fled to Europe before sentencing. This film examines that year-long period, using archival footage of the media frenzy and of Polanski's life before the charges, clips from his films, and contemporary interviews with many of the principles - attorneys, the victim, and Polanski's friends and associates. Polanski remains enigmatic, but portraits emerge of the machinations of justice and of a judge more interested in his image than his word or the law. Written by <>

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The truth couldn't fit in the headlines.


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Also Known As:

Polanski: Procurado e Desejado  »

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$4,613 (USA) (11 July 2008)


$59,192 (USA) (26 September 2008)

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5 October 2009 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I give this film 3/10 just because I think the film is very well done... but as a documentary the film lacks impartiality.

It is impossible not to feel some sort sympathy for a man like Polanski, who has such a tragic past and even so he has been able to succeed in a world in which succeeding is not easy at all. But for most people I know, including myself, this sympathy is brutally shaken when one knows about the horrible crime which he committed.

I know that no one is an angel and we all have done some wrong things, but after reading the little girl's testimony (which is available in internet) it is really shocking to hear that such fascinating person as Polanski could have done something so vile, so disgusting and so perverse.

This film shows Polanski's side which we all like, but it fails to show his darker side. It chooses parts of the facts, and it ignores others which are also important. The films shows Polanski as a victim of a corrupted judicial system, but it fails to show the corrupted side of Polanski.

It is true; he may be remarkable man in many aspects, he is doubtlessly a great film director, and probably he has many other good qualities. But is that enough to put him above the laws, specially above such laws which protect the most fragile in our society? If Polanski was not famous and rich, if he was just a "simple mortal" just like most of us, then he would have probably stayed in jail for many, many years. But he is rich and famous, and then he can hire flashy lawyers, and he can make deals and buy justice. But the truth is that he sexually abused of girl who was just too young, and there is a higher justice which does not accept "plea bargains". I think Mr. Polanski, if he has not paid his debt already, he will not be able to escape the consequences of his crime.

I think this film does well showing the corruption in the legal system, and also showing the sympathetic side of Mr. Polanski. But I also think this film attempts to hide the fact that he has done something terrible, something so destructive and repugnant: he raped a 13 year old girl. If I was the father of that little girl, I would find it very difficult in my heart to forgive him.

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