Roman Polanski

Roman Polanski

Date of Birth: 18 Aug 1933

Country: Poland

Biography: Polanski began his career in Poland, and later became a critically acclaimed director of both art house and commercial films. His mother was murdered in the Holocaust and in 1969 his pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, was murdered by the Manson family. Later he directed Chinatown which received 11 Academy Award nominations. He finally won an Oscar in 2002 for The Pianist.

Total Credits at Criticker: 35 (Actor), 35 (Director), 28 (Writer)

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    Chinatown
    Jack Nicholson is private-eye Jake Gittes, living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-war Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extramarital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together for one, unforgettable night in Chinatown.
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    Blood for Dracula
    Udo Kier is without a doubt the sickliest of vampires in any director's interpretation of the Bram Stoker tale... (imdb)
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    The Tenant
    A quiet and inconspicuous man (Trelkovsky) rents an apartment in France where the previous tenant committed suicide...
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    A Generation
    Story of youths during the German occupation of Poland in the World War II who come to adulthood through love and adversity. (imdb)
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    The Fearless Vampire Killers
    A professor and his apprentice fall prey to their inquiring vampires, while on the trail of the ominous damsel in distress.
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    A Pure Formality
    Onoff is a famous writer who hasn't published any new books for quite some time and has become a recluse. When he is picked up by the police one stormy night, without any identification, out of breath and running madly, without clear memory of recent events, the Inspector is suspicious... (imdb)
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    The Magic Christian
    Sir Guy Grand adopts homeless bum Youngman to be heir to his obscene wealth, and immediately begins bringing him into the intricacies of the family business, which is to prey upon people's greed by use of the vast holdings of the Grand empire.
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    Zemsta
    Written in a sharp, ironic style, REVENGE portrays those national characteristics that in time brought on many of Poland's national tragedies. Written for the stage, Wajda has changed very little and transferred practically the entirety of the work to the screen. (culture.pl)
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    Rush Hour 3
    LAPD Detective James Carter and Chinese Chief Inspector Lee respectively must travel to Paris to battle a wing of the Chinese organized crime family, the Triads. (New Line Cinema)
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    When Angels Fall
    A church bell chimes. An old woman stops to feed pidgins on her way to work in the men's lavatory in the basement of a public building. She sits all day by the lavatory door as little dramas play out -- of illness, assignation, and routine -- a few tips her only acknowledgment... (imdb)
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    An extreme version of "Alice in Wonderland" by Roman Polanski.
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    Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
    Marina Zenovich's new documentary examines the public scandal and private tragedy which led to legendary director Roman Polanski's sudden flight from the United States.
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    Quiet Chaos
    A bereaved Italian executive puts his life on hold to spend his days waiting for his daughter outside her school. Based on a novel by Sandro Veronesi.
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    The Evolution of Snuff
    Pornographer Robert Furch makes a movie inspired by "Lysistrata," he says. A documentary crew films the casting call, Furch's 14-day shoot, a lighting technician's becoming an actor, and the aftermath of the suicide (before filming ends) of Claudia Fielers, the film's leading lady. Comments by Roman Polanski, Carl Amery, and an unseen narrator connect the possibility of snuff films to the process of a commercial enterprise such as this and Fielers' suicide. (imdb)
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    Zaczarowany rower
    An excellent, but individualist, cyclist becomes a faultless member of his team, during the yearly Race Around Poland.
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    Do widzenia, do jutra
    Jacek is a handsome, charming young Pole who belongs to a drama company. One day, in the streets of Gdansk, he meets a beautiful, charming French girl, Marguerite. He falls for her but the young lady is whimsical. (imdb)
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    Scene by Scene
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    Koniec nocy
    Romek works as a driver in a transport base. Unfortunately, he has got a bad reputation. One day, during the recklessly truck driving he commits a lot of infractions, furthemore, he hits a passerby.The police intervenes. Romek is fired.The plenty of free time, he spends on a drinking bouts and a petty thefts, with the complicitors - his friends: Edek, Filip and Small.
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    Polanski par Polanski
    In interviews and retrospects this documentary gives an insight into the working and artistic life of Roman Polanski.
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    Back in the U.S.S.R.
    During Gorbatchov's perestroika, Archer Sloan, a Chicago student, visits Moscow while the Soviet Union is changing from Communist to Wild West capitalist society. Purely by bad luck, he becomes a pawn in a dangerous cat and mouse game for a black Madonna, a precious icon, which was stolen from Russian Orthodox clergy by the quickly rising, rich and corrupt Russian mafia, and then by a black market-girl he followed just as a flirt who didn't know herself what she nicked. (imdb)
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    Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir
    The documentary tells the extraordinary story of Roman Polanski. Starting with his youth in the ghettos of Krakow, his first films in Poland, the move to Paris, his career in Europe and America and the Oscar he'd won for "The Pianist". But it is also about the murder of his pregnant wife Sharon Tate in Los Angeles, the controversy surrounding his arrest in 1977 and his present life with his wife Emmanuelle Seigner and their kids. (Moviemeter)
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    Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out
    A follow-up to the documentary Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, focusing on the filmmaker's successful battle to avoid extradition into the U.S. in 2010. (imdb)
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    Documentary about Polanski's 'Tess'.
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    Filming 'Tess' (2004) - Short Film
    Documentary about the filming process of Polanski's 'Tess'.
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    Documentary about the post-production experience and distribution of Polanski's 'Tess'.
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    Seduced and Abandoned
    An exploration of several interconnected subjects: The Cannes Film Festival, cinema art, money, glamor and death. (imdb)
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    Playground
    A look into the sex trade of children. (imdb)
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    Trzy opowiesci
    Short stories showing the conflicts faced by the youth organization of the brigades "Służba Polsce". (filmpolski.pl)
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    Vangelis and the Journey to Ithaka
    Vangelis, a composer of electronic, ambient, jazz, pop/rock and orchestral music, is best known for his Academy Award winning score for the film 'Chariots Of Fire', and composing scores for the films 'Antartica', 'Blade Runner', '1492: Conquest Of Paradise' and 'Alexander', as well as the use of his music in the PBS documentary 'Cosmos: A Personal Voyage' by Carl Sagan. (amazon)
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    Rosemary\
    Making of "Rosemary's Baby" (1968).
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    The Invasion: The Outbreak of WW2
    A detailed look at what happened in Poland during WW2. Featuring interviews with German, Polish and Jewish survivors, it incorporates real footage and reenactments to detail a story that is virtually unknown outside of Poland. They were the first victims.
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    Ciao, Federico!
    A behind-the-scenes documentary about the filming of the Federico Fellini film, "Satyricon." (imdb)
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    Innocent Sorcerers
    A young doctor is tired of being sought by women. One night he meets a young girl who all but forces herself into his room where they talk of morals and love. But he loses her when he goes out to see some friends and then rushes madly around the city after her, only to find she has returned. (imdb)
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    Polański, Horowitz. Hometown
    Roman Polanski's and Ryszard Horowitz's sentimental visit to Poland.
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    Jay Sebring....Cutting To The Truth
    An illuminating portrait of Jay Sebring, the long-forgotten artist, designer, and entrepreneur who created a billion-dollar hair & beauty industry and defined iconic Hollywood styles for men. The documentary traces Sebring's life from his humble Michigan roots to his meteoric rise as a groundbreaking trendsetter, and further examines the facts leading up to the fateful night on Cielo Drive and the endless media reports on the murders that followed. (imdb)
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