Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired

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The events of 1977 and 1978 permanently marred director Roman Polanski's life. Accused of unlawful sexual assault on minor Samantha Geimer during his stay at actor Jack Nicholson's house in March of 1977, Polanski wound up in the midst of controversial judicial proceedings that many read as supremely unfair. After being temporarily sprung on 2,500 dollars bail, Polanski then fled the United States for Europe in 1978, with the threat of incarceration hanging over him should he ever return. With her documentary ...
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Sealed in manufacturer's shrink wrap w/UPC printed on seal~Fast shipping. The events of 1977 and 1978 permanently marred director Roman Polanski's life. Accused of unlawful sexual ... assault on minor Samantha Geimer during his stay at actor Jack Nicholson's house in March of 1977, Polanski wound up in the midst of controversial judicial proceedings that many read as supremely unfair. After being temporarily sprung on 2,500 dollars bail, Polanski then fled the United States for Europe in 1978, with the threat of incarceration hanging over him should he ever return. With her documentary Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, filmmaker Marina Zenovich revisits this difficult case via extensive interviews with Geimer, defense attorney Douglas Dalton, Assistant DA Roger Gunson, and others. In the process, she raises pivotal questions about the U.S. legal system and the fairness of the judge, Laurence J. Rittenband (who was reportedly extremely vocal about his desire to topple Polanski). Thank you for your consideration. Read more Show Less

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The events of 1977 and 1978 permanently marred director Roman Polanski's life. Accused of unlawful sexual assault on minor Samantha Geimer during his stay at actor Jack Nicholson's house in March of 1977, Polanski wound up in the midst of controversial judicial proceedings that many read as supremely unfair. After being temporarily sprung on 2,500 dollars bail, Polanski then fled the United States for Europe in 1978, with the threat of incarceration hanging over him should he ever return. With her documentary Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, filmmaker Marina Zenovich revisits this difficult case via extensive interviews with Geimer, defense attorney Douglas Dalton, Assistant DA Roger Gunson, and others. In the process, she raises pivotal questions about the U.S. legal system and the fairness of the judge, Laurence J. Rittenband who was reportedly extremely vocal about his desire to topple Polanski and encounters many recollections of judicial malfeasance from those who were involved.
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Special Features

Audio commentary woth director Marina Zenovich and editor Joe Bini; Deleted scenes; Includes 2 hours of never-before-seen interviews
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/2009
  • UPC: 014381526523
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Source: Velocity / Thinkfilm
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Istvan Bajat Participant
Steve Barshop Participant
Marilyn Beck Participant
Madeline Bessmer Participant
Pierre-André Boutang Participant
Andrew Braunsberg Participant
Richard Brenneman Participant
Michael M. Crain Participant
Arnaud D'Hauterives Participant
Douglas Dalton Participant
Mia Farrow Participant
Samantha Geimer Participant
Jim Grodin Participant
Roger Gunson Participant
Gene Gutowski Participant
Hawk Koch Participant
Ronald Markman Participant
Daniel Melnick Participant
Hans Mollinger Participant
Roman Polanski Participant
Claus Preute Participant
Laurence J. Rittenband Participant
Elliot Rittenband Participant
Marlene Roden Participant
Lorenzo Semple Jr. Participant
Fred Sidewater Participant
Lawrence Silver Participant
Anthea Sylbert Participant
Diane Tschekaloff Participant
Phillip Vannatter Participant
David Wells Participant
Technical Credits
Marina Zenovich Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Mark de Gli Antoni Score Composer
Mark Degli Antoni Score Composer
Tyler Bender Sound/Sound Designer
Joe Bini Editor, Screenwriter
Nick Fraser Executive Producer
Dan Gleich Sound/Sound Designer
William Hansen Sound/Sound Designer
John Iskander Sound/Sound Designer
Tanja Koop Cinematographer
Jeffrey Levy-Hinte Producer
P.G. Morgan Co-producer, Screenwriter
Sheila Nevins Executive Producer
Rob Purvis Sound/Sound Designer
Adam Rabinowitz Sound/Sound Designer
Steven Soderbergh Executive Producer
Scott Stolz Sound/Sound Designer
Michelle Sullivan Associate Producer
Gary Tomaro Sound/Sound Designer
Randy Wooten Executive Producer
Lila Yacoub Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
1. Program Start: Reports of Rape [11:59]
2. Roman Polanski [5:52]
3. The Defense, the Prosecutor and the Hammer [10:21]
4. Samantha (Gailey) Geimer [3:25]
5. Completely Infectious [4:45]
6. The End of a Fairy Tale [11:00]
7. An Unexpected Turn of Events [9:46]
8. Mental Evaluation [10:31]
9. The Hurricane [10:52]
10. A Legal Sham [7:26]
11. Slipping Away [9:59]
12. End Credits [3:48]
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Disc #1 -- Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
   Feature Start
   Scene Selections
   Set-Up
      Dolby Digital 5.1
      Dolby Digital 2.0
      Spanish Subtitles
      English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing-Impaired
      Off
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary by Director Marina Zenovich and Editor Joe Bini
      Deleted Scenes
         The Polanski Box #A334139
         Richard Brenneman at the Santa Monica Courthouse
         Roger Gunson Visiting the Old Courtroom
         Roger Gunson Reminiscing
         Académie des Beaux-Arts Alternate Version
         Play All
      Extra Interviews
         Play All
         Richard Doyle-L.A. District Attorney's Office
         Sandi Gibbons-Spokesperson, L.A. District Attorney's Office
         Robert Philabosian-Former District Attorney
         Gil Garcetti-Former L.A. District Attorney
         Stuart Rosen-Former Public Defender
         Michael M. Crain-Former Public Defender
         Arthur Barens-Defense Attorney
         Don Wager-Defense Attorney
         Jon Ewing-Attended Polanskik Hearings
         Peter Keane-Legal Expert
         Georges Kiejman-Polanski's French Attorney
         Steven Futterman-Journalist
      Friends and Colleagues Talk About Polanski
         Play All
         Rysard Horowitz-Grew up With Polanski
         Kris Malkewicz-Attended Lodz Film School
         Stefan Wenta-Polanski's Friend
         Gene Gutowski-Producer/Polanski's Friend
         Pierre-Andre Boutang-Polanski's Friend
         Victor Lownes-Polanski's Friend
         Mike Sarne-Polanski's Friend
         Anthea Sylbert-Polanski's Friend
         Mia Farrow-Actress
         Hercules Bellville-Polanski's Friend/Former Assistant
         Hawk Koch-Producer
         Nastassja Kinski-Actress
         Robert Evans
         Sandy Whitelaw-Former Executive at United Artists
         Ronald Harwood-Screenwriter
         Timothy Burrill-Producer
         Lorenzo Semple Jr.-Screenwriter
         Fred Sidewater-Former Film Executive
         Andrew Braunsberg-Producer/Polanski's Friend
         Jeff Berg-Chairman and CEO of ICM
         Robert Towne-Screenwriter/Director
      Writers on Polanski
         F.X. Feeney-Writer
         David Thompson-Writer
         Joan Dupont-Writer/Jornalist
         Play All
      Will He Ever Come Back?
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