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Roman Polanski [Hardcover]

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Roman Polanski is a towering figure in modern cinema. He has done it all---psychological thrillers such as Killer in the Water and Cul-de-sac; horror films such as Repulsion andRosemary's Baby; film noir as in Chinatown; the literary classics like Tess; and even comedy in The Fearless Vampire Killers. In this timely retrospective of Polanski's career, film historian and critic Denis Meikle draws together the strands of a complex, sometimes contradictory career. Meikle looks at how Polanski's troubled life has informed his filmmaking and analyzes his unique skills as a director, skills that have allowed him to tackle such diverse themes and genres with unerring success.

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Pages   366
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.21" Width: 5.83" Height: 1.42"
Weight:   1.54 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2006
Publisher   Reynolds & Hearn
ISBN  1905287216  
ISBN13  9781905287215  

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1Books > Special Features > New & Used Textbooks > Humanities > Communications > Film Studies
2Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > Arts & Literature > Entertainers
3Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > Arts & Literature > Directors
4Books > Subjects > Entertainment > Movies > Direction & Production
5Books > Subjects > Entertainment > Movies > General
6Books > Subjects > Entertainment > Movies > History & Criticism

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Odd man, indeed. But fascinating.  Dec 12, 2007
Very well-researched biography of famed director Roman Polanski manages to find room for both analysis of his works as well as his life. Covering as it does so much territory, it works best as a companion piece to previous works on the director, filling in the blanks and adding a surprising amount of heretofore unearthed trivia and and info on the man and his films.
If there is any criticism to be leveled at the book, it is the author's rather belabored attempts to plead Polanski's illegal status at every opportunity(Polanski's a fugitive from justice in the U.S.) while failing to take note of the fact that Polanski's crime is not merely one of statutory rape, but of flouting the Justice System of a country that had provided him so many freedoms.

Despite this aggressive aggenda, the portrait painted of Polanski here is refreshingly balanced and a welcome look at a great artist and flawed man


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