Roman Polanski on Making Chinatown

This morn­ing, the Swiss reject­ed US requests to extra­dite Roman Polanksi. This deci­sion effec­tive­ly brings to a close a rather dark chap­ter in his per­son­al life and lets the con­ver­sa­tion return to his film­mak­ing. Enter our video above, which fea­tures Polan­s­ki talk­ing about the mak­ing of Chi­na­town, his 1974 neo-noir film, star­ring Jack Nichol­son, Faye Dun­away, and John Hus­ton, that land­ed eleven Acad­e­my Award nom­i­na­tions. Thanks Mike for send­ing this our way…

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  • TT says:

    I love this web­site; I don’t love the first few lines of your intro. Just because he’s not being extra­dit­ed does­n’t mean we can just put it all behind us and focus on his career. They’re not mutu­al­ly exclu­sive, and jus­tice still has­n’t been served.

  • Mike says:

    Regard­ing the issue of jus­tice, you might be inter­est­ed in read­ing the opin­ions of the vic­tim her­self, in a 2003 OpEd piece she wrote for the Los Ange­les Times:

  • Dan Colman says:

    True enough, I did­n’t mean to sug­gest that the issues are mutu­al­ly exclu­sive. I more think the personal/legal acts (which were down­right hor­ren­dous) have made it dif­fi­cult to talk about his body of work, espe­cial­ly dur­ing the past year…


  • CSS says:

    I´m afraid that is not pos­si­ble to sep­a­rate the two.
    Can you real­ly go on watch­ing Roman P. movies with­out acknowl­edg­ing the fact that he is a con­demned sex­u­al preda­tor?
    I can´t.

  • Jeff in Utica, MI says:

    It is unfor­tu­nate for him that he will have to die before we will look at his films again with­out think­ing about his crimes.

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