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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.
  • By Meredith Brody
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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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Il Cinema Ritrovato, Bologna, XXVI Edizione - Day Three: A Cork Bobbing on the Cinephilic Seas of Chance

I really didn’t intend to watch all 171 minutes of Roman Polanski’s “Tess” under the starry night sky of Bologna, even laved by the cool breezes that feel so sweet after a sticky warm day...
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • June 27, 2012 1:25 PM
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Roman Polanski at Cannes 2012 and New York Film Festival 1963; EXCLUSIVE Photo

Director Roman Polanski popped into Cannes Monday to introduce--not his friend Laurent Bouzereau's documentary "Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir," which played last Thursday, but his own entry in the Classic Cinema program, 1979's "Tess."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 21, 2012 9:04 PM
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Cannes Market Watch: Polanski to Direct Period Thriller 'D,' on Dreyfus Affair

Roman Polanski's next indie-financed film will be the political thriller “D,” based on the 19th century political scandal Dreyfus Affair in France.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 9, 2012 3:35 PM
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Weekly Wrap: Box Office, Trailers, Interviews, Early Oscar Buzz, Awards

  • By Jacob Combs
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  • December 3, 2011 11:43 AM
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