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First Look: HBO's Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired

First Look: HBO's Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired

If you're looking for something to watch besides the Greek finale tonight, you might want to head over to HBO, where the very buzzworthy — and very controversial — documentary Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired premieres at 9 p.m.

The film revisits the events of 1977, when Polanski forever tainted his reputation by becoming embroiled in a sex scandal with a 13-year-old girl. Polanski pleaded guilty to a felony charge but then fled to France to avoid serving time in prison; he's never returned to the United States, including when his film The Pianist won him a Best Director Oscar in 2003. The documentary, which HBO bought after it screened at Sundance earlier this year, goes beyond issues of guilt and innocence and looks at the media circus that broke out around the trial, placing much of the blame for what happened on the judge who presided over the proceedings.

Years after fleeing the country, Polanski continues to be a controversial figure, and the film seems to be bringing much of that controversy back into the open: HBO even changed the ending of the film after the Los Angeles County Superior Court issued a stern rebuttal to one of the charges made against it in the movie. It seems like there's no doubt this film will have people talking.

To check out a trailer and a short clip from the film, just



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docfilms08 docfilms08 7 years
There is a great review of this doc on YouTube by two old school film veterans and they have extra special insight on Polanski check it out
Ms--Anonymous Ms--Anonymous 7 years
This documentary was actually very interesting! I always assumed that the judge gave polanski prison time and he fled but i didnt know that hed served time or that the judge was was pretty good
raieven raieven 7 years
How can you think having sex with a thirteen year old is good?
PollyPrissyPants PollyPrissyPants 7 years
Roman Polanski is a fascinating man and an interesting choice for the subject of this doc...I can't wait to see this. Sadly, we don't get HBO in I'll just have to wait until it airs here (soon I hope).
supertramp supertramp 7 years
I can't wait to see this tonight!
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