Roman Polanski A Retrospective
After a biographical portrait of Roman Polanski (b.1933) up to the end of his studies at the film school in ód, Poland, James Greenberg surveys, film by film, one of the most distinguished careers in cinema history. From Knife in the Water in 1962, through Cul-de-Sac, Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown and The Pianist, up to Carnage in 2011, each of Polanski's 19 films is discussed in depth and illustrated with informal stills, taken on the sets.
The story of Roman Polanski's career is checkered with sadness and scandal. Arguably the most controversial film director of our time, his strokes of genius on the screen enthral, move and entertain us--and despite the events of his personal life, his power as a filmmaker is indisputable. He is a man who fascinates and intrigues, and the epic of his life is the stuff of movies itself.