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Roman Polanski
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Date of Birth: Aug 18, 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 Titles at Criticker: 60 - You've Seen 60

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Titles You've Ranked (60)
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Cul-de-sac Cul-de-sac (1966)
Summary: A wounded criminal and his dying partner take refuge at a beachfront castle. The owners of the castle, a meek Englishman and his willful French wife, are initially the unwilling hosts to the criminals... (imdb)
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Knife in the Water Knife in the Water (1962)
Summary: A couple driving along a deserted road to a lake almost run over a young man, a student, who flags down the car almost too closely... (imdb)
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Pirates Pirates (1986)
Summary: Captain Red runs a hardy pirate ship with the able assistance of Frog, a dashing young French sailor. One day Capt. Red is captured and taken aboard a Spanish galleon, but thanks to his inventiveness, he raises the crew to mutiny, takes over the ship, and kidnaps the daughter of the governor of Maracaibo. The question is, can he keep this pace up? (imdb)
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Morderstwo Morderstwo (1957)  - Short Film
Summary: The camera shows us a door handle and the door's striker plate; from this angle, they form a cross. The door opens and in steps someone in a dark trench coat. He approaches a bed in the room, where a shirtless man sleeps. The intruder takes out a knife. His movements are without haste, but deliberate and efficient. Will his sleeping victim awake in time to offer resistance? (imdb)
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Rozbijemy zabawe... Rozbijemy zabawe... (1957)  - Short Film
Summary: Youths get ready for a party, decorating the dance floor, cleaning out the fountain of a pond. That evening, the party starts and guests arrive: everyone has a ticket, and a guy at the gate, wearing a formal shirt, tails, and shorts, makes sure only those with tickets gain entrance... (imdb)
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Usmiech zebiczny Usmiech zebiczny (1957)  - Short Film
Summary: A man walks down the exterior staircase of building of flats; he's dressed to go out, taking care to wrap a scarf around his neck. He pauses as he passes a small window that's about eye high. He ventures to look in, and there a young woman stands at a washbasin, drying her hair, the towel that obscures her face her only covering. The peeping tom gets an eyeful and smiles... (imdb)
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Death and the Maiden Death and the Maiden (1994)
Summary: A political activist is convinced that her guest is a man who once tortured her for the government. (imdb)
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Repulsion Repulsion (1965)
Summary: Left alone when her sister goes on vacation, a sexually repressed young beauty goes insane with surreal fantasies of seduction and rape. (imdb)
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Oliver Twist Oliver Twist (2005)
Summary: Director Roman Polanski and writer Ronald Harwood re-imagine Charles Dickens' classic story of a young boy who gets involved with a gang of pickpockets in 19th Century London. (Sony Pictures Entertainment)
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The Pianist The Pianist (2002)
Summary: Wladyslaw Szpilman, a brilliant Polish pianist, a Jew, escapes deportation. Forced to live in the heart of the Warsaw ghetto, he shares the suffering, the humiliation and the struggles. He manages to escape and hides in the ruins of the capital. A German officer comes to his aid and helps him to survive. (Focus Features)
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Macbeth Macbeth (1971)
Summary: A ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord siezes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of witches. (imdb)
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Rosemary Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Summary: A woman discovers that her pregnancy is actually part of a satanic ritual. (imdb)
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Frantic Frantic (1988)
Summary: A doctor and his wife go to Paris for a medical conference. While showering, his wife disappears.
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Bitter Moon Bitter Moon (1992)
Summary: British couple Fiona and Nigel Dobson are sailing to Istanbul en route to India. They encounter a beautiful French woman... (imdb)
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Lampa Lampa (1959)  - Short Film
Summary: In waning winter light, a doll maker works in his shop, a kerosene lamp beside him, a jumble of dolls and doll parts, whole and broken, surrounding him. There are noises, too: a cuckoo clock chirps the workday's end. The artisan completes a repair and leaves, shuttering the shop from outside. Back inside, whispering begins. What else is in store for the shop's seemingly lifeless denizens? (imdb)
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Two Men and a Wardrobe Two Men and a Wardrobe (1958)  - Short Film
Summary: Two men come up from the beach carrying a large wardrobe between them. They come up into the town but not only find that accommodation is difficult to come by with their wooden travelling companion but also that both women and men shun or mistreat them. (imdb)
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GREED GREED (2009)  - Short Film
Summary: Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams star in a fake Roman Polanski ad for a fake perfume - 'GREED'.
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Venus in Fur Venus in Fur (2014)
Summary: An actress attempts to convince a director how she's perfect for a role in his upcoming production. (imdb)
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Weekend of a Champion Weekend of a Champion (1972)
Summary: Documentary following Jackie Stewart in his bid to win the 1971 Monaco Grand Prix.
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D D'après une histoire vraie (2017)
Summary: A writer goes through a tough period after the release of her latest book, as she gets involved with an obsessive admirer. (imdb)
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Le Bateau Sur L Le Bateau Sur L'herbe (1971)
Summary: In this gentle, tragic drama, Olivier (John McEnery) is a wealthy young man with a lively and attractive mother (Valentina Cortese), which is a pity, really, as he can't bear her, or the men she gets involved with. When he gets too upset with her escapades, he begins to break things, or runs off. Otherwise, he spends his time building a boat on the lawn with his friend David (Jean-Pierre Cassal), a poor fisherman whom he grew up with. (allmovie.com)
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A Day at the Beach A Day at the Beach (1972)
Summary: An alcoholic takes his daughter for the weekend and continually loses track of her whilst on holiday at a very rainy beach community.
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A Therapy A Therapy (2012)  - Short Film
Summary: A therapist becomes obsessed with his patient's Prada coat. (imdb)
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Carnage Carnage (2011)
Summary: Tells the story of two sets of parents who decide to have a cordial meeting after their sons are involved in a schoolyard brawl. (imdb)
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The Fat and the Lean The Fat and the Lean (1961)  - Short Film
Summary: A small and thin barefoot slave (played by Polanski) plays a flute and beats a drum to entertain his large master who rocks in a rocking chair in front of his mansion. The slave jumps and leaps like a madman, wipes his master's brow, feeds him, washes his feet, shades him from the sun with an umbrella and holds a urinal for him. (imdb)
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Mammals Mammals (1963)  - Short Film
Summary: "Waiting for Godot" on ice and snow, without words. Against a barren winter landscape, a figure approaches: it's a man, pulling a small sleigh on which another man sits, plucking a dead bird. They stop to trade places; the one now on the sleigh takes out his knitting... (imdb)
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Tess Tess (1979)
Summary: A rural clergyman in 19th century England tells Durbeyfield, a simple farmer, that he is descended from the illustrious d'Urberville family -- now extinct. Or maybe not. Durbeyfield sends his daughter Tess to check on a family named d'Uberville living in a manor house less than a day's carriage ride away. Alec d'Urberville is delighted to meet his beautiful "cousin" and seduces her with strawberries and roses... (imdb)
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The Beautiful Swindlers The Beautiful Swindlers (1964)
Summary: Four swindle stories, taking place successively in Tokyo - Japan (Les cinq bienfaiteurs de Fumiko), Amsterdam - The Netherlands (La riviere de diamants), Italie (La feuille de route), and Paris - France (L'homme qui vendit la tour Eiffel). (imdb)
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The Ghost Writer The Ghost Writer (2010)
Summary: A ghostwriter hired to complete the memoirs of a former British prime minister uncovers secrets that put his own life in risk.
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The Ninth Gate The Ninth Gate (2000)
Summary: Dean Corso, known for locating rare books for wealthy collectors, is hired by a scholar of demonology to find the last two volumes of a legendary manual of satanic invocation.
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Rosemary Rosemary's Baby: A Retrospective (2000)  - Short Film
Summary: Making of "Rosemary's Baby" (1968).
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When Angels Fall When Angels Fall (1959)  - Short Film
Summary: 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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Rush Hour 3 Rush Hour 3 (2007)
Summary: 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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What? What? (1972)
Summary: An extreme version of "Alice in Wonderland" by Roman Polanski.
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Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008)
Summary: 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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The Evolution of Snuff The Evolution of Snuff (1978)
Summary: 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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Quiet Chaos Quiet Chaos (2008)
Summary: 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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Zemsta Zemsta (2002)
Summary: 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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The Magic Christian The Magic Christian (1969)
Summary: 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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The Tenant The Tenant (1976)
Summary: A quiet and inconspicuous man (Trelkovsky) rents an apartment in France where the previous tenant committed suicide...
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Blood for Dracula Blood for Dracula (1974)
Summary: 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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A Generation A Generation (1955)
Summary: 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 The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967)
Summary: 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 A Pure Formality (1994)
Summary: 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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Zaczarowany rower Zaczarowany rower (1955)
Summary: 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 Do widzenia, do jutra (1960)
Summary: 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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'Tess': The Experience (2004)  - Short Film
Summary: Documentary about the post-production experience and distribution of Polanski's 'Tess'.
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Filming Filming 'Tess' (2004)  - Short Film
Summary: Documentary about the filming process of Polanski's 'Tess'.
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Seduced and Abandoned Seduced and Abandoned (2013)
Summary: An exploration of several interconnected subjects: The Cannes Film Festival, cinema art, money, glamor and death. (imdb)
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Playground Playground (2009)
Summary: A look into the sex trade of children. (imdb)
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Vangelis and the Journey to Ithaka Vangelis and the Journey to Ithaka (2013)
Summary: 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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Trzy opowiesci Trzy opowiesci (1953)
Summary: Short stories showing the conflicts faced by the youth organization of the brigades "Służba Polsce". (filmpolski.pl)
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'Tess': From Novel to Screen (2004)  - Short Film
Summary: Documentary about Polanski's 'Tess'.
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Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out (2012)
Summary: 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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Koniec nocy Koniec nocy (1957)
Summary: 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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Roman Polanski: Scene by Scene Roman Polanski: Scene by Scene (2001)  - TV Episode
Summary: Film critic Mark Cousins interviews an uncomfortable Polanski shortly after the release of "The Ninth Gate". Although Polanski provides some interesting anecdotes from his back catalogue he becomes quite irritated when Cousins attempts to associate his personal life with the themes of his movies. (surrealmoviez)
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Polanski par Polanski Polanski par Polanski (2006)  - TV Movie
Summary: 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. Back in the U.S.S.R. (1992)
Summary: 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 Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir (2011)
Summary: 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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Chinatown Chinatown (1974)
Summary: 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.