I had a sense of what Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired was from the commercials during it’s run on HBO, but I certainly knew little to nothing about who he was and what all the commotion was about before I caught a screening of the film in midtown the other day. Turns out that this Polanski guy’s life story is tragic, dramatic, and above all things, controversial… making it the perfect focus for a well-done documentary that I thoroughly enjoyed.
The day before his sentencing for unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl, Polanski (Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, The Pianist) fled the country and has been living in France ever since. That sentence alone leaves almost no wiggle room: The guy is a lowlife. Continue reading