Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired

Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired

Director: Marina Zenovich, Roman Polanski, Douglas Dalton, Roger Gunson

Cast: Marina Zenovich, Roman Polanski, Douglas Dalton, Roger Gunson

     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/27/2009
UPC:
0014381526523
Original Release:
2008
Source:
Velocity / Thinkfilm
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:40:00

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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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roman Polanski Participant
Douglas Dalton Participant
Roger Gunson Participant
Samantha Geimer Participant
Lawrence Silver Participant
Laurence J. Rittenband Participant
David Wells Participant
Jim Grodin Participant
Phillip Vannatter Participant
Richard Brenneman Participant
Claus Preute Participant
Andrew Braunsberg Participant
Gene Gutowski Participant
Daniel Melnick Participant
Hawk Koch Participant
Anthea Sylbert Participant
Mia Farrow Participant
Lorenzo Semple Participant
Fred Sidewater Participant
Marilyn Beck Participant
Hans Mollinger Participant
Pierre-André Boutang Participant
Istvan Bajat Participant
Arnaud D'Hauterives Participant
Michael M. Crain Participant
Steve Barshop Participant
Ronald Markman Participant
Diane Tschekaloff Participant
Elliot Rittenband Participant
Marlene Roden Participant
Madeline Bessmer Participant

Technical Credits
Marina Zenovich Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Mark de Gli 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

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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