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Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir

Roman Polanski in The TenantLaurent Bouzereau’s Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir features the eponymous director in conversation with his longtime friend and producer, Andrew Braunsberg – the pair have known one another since 1964. With that kind of bare-bones conceptualizing it might not come as a surprise to learn that Bouzereau’s bread and butter as a director has been creating extras for DVD’s. Watching filmmakers discuss their work for five minutes, behind-the-scenes, can be entertaining – even illuminating. But an hour and a half of the stuff could try the patience. Fortunately for Bouzereau – and his viewers – Polanski is funny, insightful and eloquent when discussing a life few of us could fathom.

The discussion was filmed during Polanski’s house arrest in Gstaad, Switzerland, in 2009. The director was threatened with extradition to the U.S. to face his infamous sexual misconduct charges dating to 1977. We learn the clandestine details of Polanski’s arrest before he recounts his childhood, growing up in a Jewish ghetto in Nazi-occupied Krakow, Poland.… Read the rest

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Tiny Terror: Roman Polanski

Roman PolanskiOne of my favorite movie-going experiences of 2012 was spending four Saturday and Sunday afternoons watching Mark Cousins’ The Story of Film: A 15-hour history of cinema that A.O. Scott of The New York Times called  “a semester-long film studies survey course compressed into 15 brisk, sometimes contentious hours…stands as an invigorated compendium of conventional wisdom.”

Before taking on such an ambitious project, Cousins had established his reputation as a film critic as well as the host of the BBC show Scene by Scene. The program found Cousins in coversation with some of the world’s best film directors, discussing their most iconic images and sounds.

This episode of Scene by Scene features Cousins in a bristly interview with Roman Polanski. Besides Polanski’s personal horrors, the gifted director has made important contributions to the horror/thriller/supernatural genres including: Knife in the Water, The Fearless Vampire Killers, The Tenant, The 9th Gate and the classic, Rosemary’s Baby.… Read the rest

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Polanski and Kubrick: Two Occult Tales

90sOccultMoviesJacques Vallee writes on BoingBoing:

In our age of rational science the occult has never been more in demand: Angels and demons are popular, the Da Vinci code and lost symbols fascinate audiences worldwide and Hollywood is eager to turn out more movies with a paranormal theme.

So why is it that so many of these stories seem flat, and fail to reach the level of insight into hidden structures of the world true esoteric adventures are supposed to promise?

Perhaps the answer has to do with the failure of gifted directors to come to grips with the enormity of the unknown issues of human destiny, or to pose the fundamental questions their esoteric subject would demand.

We go away charmed by artistic visions, dazzled by the pageantry of cardinals in red capes and titillated by women in black garters but the Illuminati only scare us because of the blood they spill, not the existential issues they should transcend.

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Too Terrifying To Even Contemplate…

Nick P at Black Sun Gazette

In lieu of writing a big long article, I present selected shorts. Today’s roundup includes dumbfuck liberals, pig cops, radical culture in need of money, Obama preparing to bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran, and scariest of all, Cokie Roberts.

Z Mag Is Broke: Starting off with the good news (kind of sort of not really) my buddy Thrash Mike reports over at Refuse To Thrive that Zmag needs money. Zmag is an indispensable source of top-notch radical left reporting. While I don’t always agree with their editorial line (big surprise) I think the world is much enriched by their reporting and investigative journalism. I know the economy sucks, but this is even more important than your favorite local mutant convergence. Reach in your pockets and dig deep.

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News Roundup of Stuff Too Terrifying To Even Contemplate

Nick P at Black Sun Gazette gives a roundup of recent terrifying news articles.

  • Marvel! at a system with tons of money for killing Pakistanis but no money to bury dead poor people!
  • Squirm! at the continued growth of sex panic which turns naked baby pictures into porn!
  • Shudder! in horror at the latest quasi-fascist paramilitary group providing government services!
  • Wonder! why the hell people voted for Obama when he threatens Iran more than he fights for the poor!

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Polanski Arrested for ’70s Sex Charge

En route to the Zurich Film Festival — where he was to enjoy a celebration of his achievements in cinema — infamous movie director Roman Polanski was arrested in connection to a decades old charge that has kept him from entering the U.S. since the 1970′s. (ITN Video)

Polanski famously fled the states following his trial for the statutory rape of a 13 year old girl in 1977. The incident occurred in his friend Jack Nicholson’s home during a time when Polanski’s friends found the director to be suffering from a deep, chronic depression following the murder of his then-wife Sharon Tate and their unborn child at the hands of The Manson Family.

Polanski famously accepted his 2003 Academy Award for The Pianist via satellite as his returning to the United States would mean an automatic arrest.

As of this time it is unclear whether or not he will be extradited to America.… Read the rest

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