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Roman Polanski Gives Rare Interview About Career, Retirement and 'Venus in Fur' (CLIPS)

Never one to do much press, Roman Polanski offers Variety a rare interview in which he talks about his new film "Venus in Fur," working with his actress-wife Emmanuelle Seigner and his storied -- and stormy -- cinematic career.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 11, 2014 12:42 PM
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COLCOA 2014 Lineup Includes New Films from Polanski, Breillat, Ozon and More (TRAILERS)

The Franco-American Cultural Fund has announced the lineup for the 18th edition of the City of Lights, City of Angels (COLCOA) film festival. Running April 21-28 at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, the fest will present 41 features, including three international premieres, and many North American and US premieres. (Trailers below.)
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 2, 2014 11:43 AM
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Trailers from Hell: Larry Karaszewski on Polanski's 'The Tenant'

The Dark Side of Sanity! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Larry Karaszewski introducing Roman Polanski's 1976 film "The Tenant," which stars Polanski himself, Isabelle Adjani, Melvyn Douglas and Jo Van Fleet.
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  • October 4, 2013 11:59 AM
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To Celebrate Roman Polanski's 80th Birthday, A Retrospective

Happy birthday to Roman Polanski, who turns 80 on Sunday August 18. Published just ahead of this occasion is James Greenberg's picture-packed coffee table book "Roman Polanski: A Retrospective," which covers all of Polanski's movies as well as his career as an actor. Part of a series of glossy filmmaker retrospectives (Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg) from England's Palazzo Editions, "Roman Polanski" is published stateside by Abrams and is the only book of its kind the filmmaker has ever participated in.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 18, 2013 7:55 PM
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Sundance Selects Acquires Polanski's 'Venus in Fur'

Sundance Selects has picked up Roman Polanski's "Venus in Fur," which recently premiered in competition at Cannes, for US distribution. The film stars actress and Polanski's wife Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Almaric, who previously starred opposite each other in Julian Schnabel's "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 5, 2013 1:19 PM
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Cannes Update: Male Dinosaurs Misspeak, Jury and Jarmusch's 'Only Lovers Left Alive' Press Conferences (Videos)

The Cannes Film Festival always unveils a few stragglers at the end of the fest, and the 66th installment was no exception. There were quite a few from the likes of Roman Polanski ("Venus in Fur") and Jim Jarmusch ("Only Lovers Left Alive"). While the Cannes jury stepped into the modern world with its rare unanimous choice of a three-hour lesbian romance as this year's winner, ( jury press conference is here), some of the male auteurs and stars at the festival, on the other hand, showed themselves to be politically incorrect dinosaurs.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 27, 2013 4:09 PM
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Roman Polanski Q & A Via Skype on 'Chinatown,' Upcoming 'Venus in Fur' and Dreyfus Affair Film

A mini-retrospective devoted to Polanski at San Francisco's Roxie Theater yields not only a double bill of "Chinatown" and "Frantic," but a live Skyped interview with the director of both, Roman Polanski, from his now seemingly permanent place of exile, Paris. Thom Mount, the executive producer of Polanski's "Pirates" and producer of "Frantic" and "Death and the Maiden," conducts the Skype interview.
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  • April 7, 2013 9:27 PM
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Costume Designer Anthony Powell Talks to BFI, from Polanski to Friedkin's Controversial 'Sorcerer'

Three-time Oscar-winning costume designer Anthony Powell, who gave us the sumptuous sartorial designs in Roman Polanski's "Tess," Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones films "Temple of Doom" and "Last Crusade" and William Friedkin's "Sorcerer," sat down recently with the BFI to discuss his career. Highlights below, with photos of his many costuming feats.
  • By Beth Hanna and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 28, 2013 5:37 PM
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Watch: Roman Polanski's Striking 1957 Short Film 'Murder'

Check out Roman Polanski's student short film "Murder," made in 1957. Silent, black-and-white and only a minute in duration, the film shows what the title promises with queasy bluntness...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 2, 2013 3:46 PM
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Polanski Directing 'Venus in Fur' in France This November, Latest Doc Unspools at NYFF

Roman Polanski will direct "Venus in Fur," an adaptation of the play by David Ivs. The erotic black comedy was a Broadway success, earning a Tony nomination for Best Play and a win for actress Nina Arianda (who subsequently scored the role of Janis Joplin in Sean Durkin's upcoming biopic)...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 20, 2012 12:54 PM
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