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Roman Polanski movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Roman Polanski movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best
Roman Polanski celebrates his 86th birthday on August 18, 2019. Though his personal tragedies and demons have sometimes overshadowed his work, there’s no denying the impact this Oscar-winning director has had on cinema. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 15 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1933 in Paris and raised in Poland, Polanski’s childhood was marked by tragedy when he was separated from his parents during the Holocaust. As a child, he escaped the Krakow ghetto after his mother was killed in an Auschwitz gas chamber. When the war ended, he was reunited with his father and returned home.

He turned to filmmaking as a student, making his directorial debut with the international hit “Knife in the Water” (1962), which earned an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. His followup, the psychological thriller “Repulsion” (1965), was an even bigger hit, and he
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Roman Polanski Returns to Spotlight After Being Ousted from Academy for Rape Conviction

Roman Polanski Returns to Spotlight After Being Ousted from Academy for Rape Conviction
Roman Polanski is making his return to the spotlight a year after his expulsion from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences over his controversial past.

The Chinatown director will be screening his new film J’Accuse at the 2019 Venice International Film Festival in late August, it was announced Thursday. The premiere will mark his first public appearance at a major film festival since losing his membership to the Academy in May 2018, despite his win for Best Director in 2003 for The Pianist.

The disgraced film director was ousted by the AMPAS Board of Governors after fleeing the United States
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Venice’s Alberto Barbera on Gender Parity, Netflix, Polanski and Hollywood Upheaval

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Venice’s Alberto Barbera on Gender Parity, Netflix, Polanski and Hollywood Upheaval
Immediately after unveiling the Venice Film Festival lineup Thursday, artistic chief Alberto Barbera found himself contending with hot-potato issues, including the continued poor representation of female directors in the competition lineup (just two of 21), his embrace of Netflix, and the competition slot given to Roman Polanski, despite the director’s 1977 conviction for statutory rape.

Barbera addressed those and other issues in an interview with Variety.

The streamers have a pretty strong presence in Venice, especially Netflix with three titles [“The Laundromat,” “Marriage Story,” “The King”]. This has already prompted European exhibitors to launch an angry appeal for these titles to play in movie theaters. What’s your response?

It’s not my job to reply to them. I’m not here to tell Netflix or exhibitors what they should do. I have a personal opinion about it that, as festival director, I won’t reveal.

I get movies submitted to me by producers.
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Venice Stirs Controversy With Only Two Women Directors In Competition And A Place For Roman Polanski

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Venice Stirs Controversy With Only Two Women Directors In Competition And A Place For Roman Polanski
The Venice Film Festival has soared in recent years but the 2019 lineup could provoke the festival’s biggest polemic yet after artistic director Alberto Barbera revealed a 21-strong competition selection featuring only two women directors and a place for contentious filmmaker Roman Polanski.

Statistically, two women directors in competition – Haifaa Al Mansour with The Perfect Candidate and Shannon Murphy with Babyteeth – is an ‘improvement’ on the last two editions, which only featured one each. But even Cannes managed four this year. Berlin had seven.

Barbera stressed today that half of the titles in the festival’s Horizons strand are directed by women and that the overall lineup features a number of movies with women characters at their heart.

Venice came under fire last year from the European Women’s Audiovisual Network and other advocacy groups due to the lack of women directors in its lineup. The festival duly signed up
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Peter Bart: The Roman Polanski Presence Still Looms Large In Hollywood Despite Academy Censure & Distributor Resistance

Peter Bart: The Roman Polanski Presence Still Looms Large In Hollywood Despite Academy Censure & Distributor Resistance
The mere mention of Roman Polanski’s name sparks argument in many arenas, but here’s a reality check: The Polanski presence is not about to disappear.

A case in point: At a moment when anti-Semitism is on the rise around the world, Polanski’s latest film, An Officer and a Spy, will be receiving major attention as a historical depiction of that hateful movement. Those who are seeking to block its release in the U.S. will encounter an emotional opposition.

That’s because the Polanski presence remains with us on many levels. As an influential player in the Hollywood of 1969, Polanski is portrayed by a young Polish actor in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino’s new movie starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. Some insiders who saw the film at Cannes already have registered their surprise and distress. Polanski’s wife, actress Emmanuelle Seigner, declared
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Will 'Parasite' deliver the biggest box office ever of any Palme d'Or winner?

Will 'Parasite' deliver the biggest box office ever of any Palme d'Or winner?
The South Korean black comedy has already grossed $38.5m after just one week on release.

Bong Joon Ho’s Palme d’Or-winning black comedy Parasite is on track to become the biggest Palme d’Or winner of all time at the global box office after grossing $38.5m and posting 5.4m admissions in its first week alone in South Korea.

This follows the record-breaking $25m the film grossed over its opening weekend for distributor Cj Entertainment over May 31-June 2. This was the biggest opening weekend for a Palme d’Or winner in any territory in at least 25 years.

Its gross narrowly
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Could 'Parasite' deliver the biggest box office of any Palme d'Or winner ever?

Could 'Parasite' deliver the biggest box office of any Palme d'Or winner ever?
The South Korean black comedy has already grossed $38.5m after just one week on release.

Bong Joon Ho’s Palme d’Or-winning black comedy Parasite is on track to become the biggest Palme d’Or winner of all time at the global box office after grossing $38.5m and posting 5.4m admissions in its first week alone in South Korea.

This follows the record-breaking $25m the film grossed over its opening weekend for distributor Cj Entertainment over May 31-June 2. This was the biggest opening weekend for a Palme d’Or winner in any territory in at least 25 years.

Its gross narrowly
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Netflix schedule: Here’s what is coming and leaving in June 2019

Netflix has confirmed that 57 new original series, movies and specials will be debuting on the streaming service in June including season 5 of the Emmy-winning anthology “Black Mirror”; season 3 of both “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” and the political drama “Designated Survivor,” which Netflix revived after it was canceled by ABC; and the long-awaited sequel to “Tales of the City” with Laura Linney and Olympia Dukakis.

Among the new films are: the comic caper “Murder Mystery” with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston; the thriller “I Am Mother” with two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank and Rose Byrne; and the documentary “Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese.” And headlining comedy specials are Adam Devine, Mike Epps and Jo Koy.

Below is the full schedule of everything that is coming and leaving Netflix in June 2019.

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2019 Cannes Film Festival: Oscars next for ‘Parasite’ and Antonio Banderas?

2019 Cannes Film Festival: Oscars next for ‘Parasite’ and Antonio Banderas?
The 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival has wrapped and the two films that looked well-positioned for this year’s Oscars (Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood” and Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life”) both went home empty-handed.

Cannes’ coveted Palme d’Or went to South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho’s comedy-drama, “Parasite.” The film, about two families from different classes that find themselves on a collision course with each other, had the most glowing reviews of this year’s entries. Bong is now the first Korean director to win the top honor. The film’s win here could catapult it into serious Oscar consideration. Since 1955, 39 winners of this top honor have amassed a total of 129 Academy Award nominations, with 28 Oscar wins spanning 16 films. And 15 Palme d’Or champs scored Best Picture nominations: “Marty” (1955), “Friendly Persuasion” (1957), “M*A*S*H” (1970), “The Conversation” (1974), “Taxi Driver” (1976), “Apocalypse Now
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Palme d’Or predictions For Cannes 2019

This coming weekend, the 2019 Cannes Film Festival will hand out its annual awards, capped by the cover Palme d’Or prize. Taking this award can sometimes set a movie off on a path towards Oscar love. To be fair, Academy Award attention is hardly guaranteed when it comes to feted Cannes titles. Still, some early hardware can never hurt a potential contender. With some high profile filmmakers at the festival this year like Pedro Almodovar, Bong Joon-ho, the Dardenne Brothers, Jim Jarmusch, Terrence Malick, and of course, Quentin Tarantino, A-listers could very well end up with some gold before the weekend is out. As a reminder, here is what is in competition this year at the Cannes Film Festival: In Competition “Pain and Glory,” Pedro Almodovar “The Traitor,” Marco BellocchioThe Wild Goose Lake,” Diao Yinan “Parasite,” Bong Joon-ho “Young Ahmed,” Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne “Oh Mercy!,” Arnaud Desplechin “Atlantique,
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Oscar Race Heats Up Chilly Cannes Film Festival With Hot Prospects From Pitt And DiCaprio To ‘Rocketman’ And Almodovar

Oscar Race Heats Up Chilly Cannes Film Festival With Hot Prospects From Pitt And DiCaprio To ‘Rocketman’ And Almodovar
With the 72nd Cannes Film Festival winding down into its last couple of days before voting begins by Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu’s jury to select the winner of the Palme d’Or and other prizes, there is lots of speculation about who will get them come Saturday night. Knowing the completely unpredictable nature of past Cannes juries I won’t engage in futile predictions. I never do. I mean, who knows which way those winds are blowing? But looking forward I can forecast some of the films coming out of this very good Cannes selection that might resonate all the way to the Oscars, and isn’t that what we really want to dish on? The weather may have been colder in Cannes this year, but the movies are already heating up the Oscar race.

In recent years, other than setting the table for the Foreign Language Film race (now
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In Cannes, The Roads Lead To Roman Polanski And His Latest Legal Fight

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As of 3:36 p.m. Cannes Film Festival Time on Saturday–6:36 a.m. as time is reckoned here in Los Angeles– the online case records of the Los Angeles County Superior Court still showed no sign of a response by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to Roman Polanski’s demand for reinstatement as an Academy member.

To recap for festival-goers who are already hazy about things back in Hollywood, Polanski was thrown out of the film Academy by a vote of its governing board on May 1, 2018. Two days later, he received a letter informing him of the decision, citing, without detail, his claimed violation of standards of conduct that require “respect for human dignity” and oppose “any form of abuse or harassment.” Polanski, who was first asked to join in 1968, was invited to appeal; but his appeal was rejected on January 26, 2019, according to a filing by Polanski’s attorney Harland Braun,
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Jean Dujardin-Starrer ‘An Officer and a Spy’ Wraps Production as Playtime Joins Project (Exclusive)

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Jean Dujardin-Starrer ‘An Officer and a Spy’ Wraps Production as Playtime Joins Project (Exclusive)
French sales agency Playtime has come on board director Roman Polanski’s just-wrapped “An Officer and a Spy,” an historical espionage thriller based on Robert Harris’s novel and headlined by Oscar-winning actor Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”) and Mathieu Amalric (“At Eternity’s Gate”).

Re-teaming Harris (“The Ghost Writer”) and Polanski, the movie tells the true story of counter-espionage officer Georges Picquart, who defied orders and embarked on a compromising mission to clear the name of Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a promising French-Jewish officer who was unfairly accused of spying for Germany and imprisoned on Devil’s Island in the late 1890s. Drawn into a dangerous labyrinth of deceit and corruption, Picquart eventually succeeded in getting Dreyfus exonerated of any wrongdoing years later. The Dreyfus Affair has long been an obsession for the Oscar-winning director, who has tried to tell the story at various points in his career.

Produced by Alain Goldman
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‘Who Will Write Our History’: Warsaw Ghetto Doc Gets Encore Screenings For Holocaust Remembrance Day

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Exclusive: Warsaw Ghetto documentary Who Will Write Our History is set to have around 100 encore screenings in more than 20 countries this week to coincide with Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Abramorama, Giant Pictures, Kathadin Productions, Playmount Productions and Match&Spark are behind the film from director Roberta Grossman and executive producer Nancy Spielberg.

Featuring narration from Joan Allen and The Pianist star Adrien Brody, the film mixes archive footage, dramatization and interviews to tell the story of Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oyneg Shabes Archive, the secret record he created and led in the Warsaw Ghetto. With 30,000 pages of writing, photographs, posters, and more, the Oyneg Shabes Archive is considered the most important cache of in-the-moment, eyewitness accounts from the Holocaust. It documents not only how the Jews of the ghetto died, but how they lived.

The film had a global event cinema release on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27, and also
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Academy responds to lawsuit from Roman Polanski

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has responded to a lawsuit from director Roman Polanski that claimed he was unfairly expelled from the organisation behind the Oscars. "The procedures taken to expel Polanski were fair and reasonable. The Academy stands behind its decision as appropriate," a spokesperson said, reports variety.com. The Academy's statement comes after Polanski filed a suit against the non-profit this week, demanding reinstatement after he was ousted last May.

The suit, filed in the state of California, said the Academy did not follow proper protocol in dismissing him nearly a year ago. The Academy did so "in accordance with the organisation's Standards of Conduct", they said at the time, adding their leadership expected members to "uphold the Academy's values of respect for human dignity".

Polanski's suit said the Academy's expulsion decision "is not supported by findings, and the Academy's findings are not supported by
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Film Academy ‘Stands Behind Its Decision as Appropriate’ to Expel Roman Polanski

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The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has responded to a lawsuit filed by director Roman Polanski, saying it stands by its decision to expel the filmmaker last May.

“The procedures taken to expel Mr. Polanski were fair and reasonable. The Academy stands behind its decision as appropriate,” a spokesperson said.

On Friday, Polanski filed a lawsuit that read, “The Academy’s actions, sanctions and decisions against [Polanski] are invalid under Code Civ. Proc. 1094.5 and alternatively Code Civ. Proc. 1085, on the grounds that the Academy failed to grant petitioner any notice and a fair hearing. The Academy committed a prejudicial abuse of discretion in that the Academy failed to proceed in the manner required by law, the Academy’s expulsion decision is not supported by the findings, and the Academy’s findings are not supported by the evidence.”

Also Read: Roman Polanski Sues Motion Picture Academy Over 2018 Expulsion

Last May
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Roman Polanski Suit To Rejoin Academy Spurned; “Stands By Its Decision” – Update

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Roman Polanski Suit To Rejoin Academy Spurned; “Stands By Its Decision” – Update
Update 3:23 Pm: If Roman Polanski and his legal representatives thought the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences was going to hand back his membership quickly after he took the Oscar organization to court today, they were incorrect.

“The procedures taken to expel Mr. Polanski were fair and reasonable,” an Academy spokesperson said Friday afternoon. “The Academy stands behind its decision as appropriate.”

Previously, 12:30 Pm: Just under a year after being tossed out of the the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the rape of a 13-year old girl in 1978, Roman Polanski made good today on his threat to sue the Oscars organization.

“The Academy committed a prejudicial abuse of discretion in that the Academy failed to proceed in a manner required by law, the Academy’s expulsion decision is not supported by the findings, and the Academy’s findings are not supported by the evidence,
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Roman Polanski Sues the Academy to Be Reinstated as Member

Roman Polanski Sues the Academy to Be Reinstated as Member
Roman Polanski’s lawyer, Harland Braun, has filed a petition asking a Los Angeles judge to force the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to reinstate the director as a member of the organization in good standing (via Variety). The Academy announced May 3, 2018 that it had voted to expel Polanski and Bill Cosby for not meeting its standards of conduct. Polanski and Braun fought against the decision at the time but the filmmaker was expelled nonetheless.

In the petition sent April 21, Braun notes the Academy let Polanski petition for reconsideration but failed to give the director an opportunity to be heard on the issue of his expulsion. Braun said this decision is a violation of the Academy’s policies.

“The Academy committed a prejudicial abuse of discretion in that the Academy failed to proceed in a manner required by law, the Academy’s expulsion decision is not supported by the findings,
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Roman Polanski Sues Motion Picture Academy Over 2018 Expulsion

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Roman Polanski Sues Motion Picture Academy Over 2018 Expulsion
Roman Polanski has filed a lawsuit against the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after the organization expelled him last May.

“The Academy’s actions, sanctions and decisions against [Polanski] are invalid under Code Civ. Proc. 1094.5 and alternatively Code Civ. Proc. 1085, on the grounds that the Academy failed to grant petitioner any notice and a fair hearing,” the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday, reads.

“The Academy committed a prejudicial abuse of discretion in that the Academy failed to proceed in the manner required by law, the Academy’s expulsion decision is not supported by the findings, and the Academy’s findings are not supported by the evidence,” the suit continues.

Also Read: Film Academy Expels Roman Polanski, Bill Cosby

Last May the Academy voted to expel both Polanski and Bill Cosby after the latter was convicted of aggravated indecent assault. The Academy said at the time
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Academy Responds to Roman Polanski: ‘Procedures Were Fair and Reasonable’

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Academy Responds to Roman Polanski: ‘Procedures Were Fair and Reasonable’
Update: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has responded to a lawsuit from director Roman Polanski that claimed he was unfairly expelled from the organization behind the Oscars.

“The procedures taken to expel Mr. Polanski were fair and reasonable. The Academy stands behind its decision as appropriate,” a spokesperson said.

The Academy’s statement comes after Polanski filed suit against the non-profit this week, demanding reinstatement after he was ousted last May.

The suit, filed in the state of California, says the Academy did not follow proper protocol in dismissing him nearly a year ago. The Academy did so “in accordance with the organization’s Standards of Conduct,” they said at the time, adding their leadership expected members to “uphold the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity.”

Polanski’s suit says the Academy’s expulsion decision “is not supported by findings, and the Academy’s findings are not supported by evidence.
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