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Probing Polanski

Probing Polanski

By Mark Cousins   April 2003

Roman Polanski was not at the Baftas to pick up his best film and director prizes for “The Pianist”. Britain has an extradition treaty with the US, where he is wanted for the rape (in March 1977) of a 13-year-old girl. She recently gave an interview, saying that while she doesn’t forgive Polanski, her experience shouldn’t affect his chance of winning awards. “The Pianist” has been nominated for seven Oscars.

It is hard not to braid together Polanski’s work and life. Yet, a few years ago, in a tense three-hour interview for television, my attempts to do so were derided…

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