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Polanski Posts Holiday Greetings

by Anne Thompson
December 29, 2009 12:13 AM
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Roman Polanski is under house arrest, spending the holidays with his family at his ski chalet while waiting to hear about his fate. He posted at the website of French philosopher pal Bernard Henri-Levy this public response to the cards and letters he's received:

My dear Bernard-Henri Lévy, what you have said in the Swiss press is true — I have been overwhelmed by the number of messages of support and sympathy I have received in Winterthur prison, and that I continue to receive here, in my chalet in Gstaad, where I am spending the holidays with my wife and my children. These messages have come from my neighbours, from people all over Switzerland, and from beyond Switzerland — from across the world. I would like every one of them to know how heartening it is, when one is locked up in a cell, to hear this murmur of human voices and of solidarity in the morning mail. In the darkest moments, each of their notes has been a source of comfort and hope, and they continue to be so in my current situation.
I would like to be able to answer all of them. But it is impossible: There are too many. Do you have any suggestions as to how I could reply? Perhaps in your journal, La Règle du jeu, which has supported me from the very first day? Perhaps you could disseminate these few words I’m sending you? I don’t know. I’ll leave it up to you.
Happy holidays to you and yours — and, through you, to all of these unknown friends whom I am discovering day after day, and who have helped me so much.

My warmest regards,

Roman Polanski

[Hat Tip: New York Vulture.]

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  • Rob | December 30, 2009 2:39 AMReply

    Easy to be glib about child molestation, or any other crime, if you're not the victim. As with the institutionalized pedophelia of the catholic church, people really have an easy time looking the other way. Appalling.

  • Anonymous | December 29, 2009 3:33 AMReply

    Polanski is a great filmmaker. I really hope he makes it through this, another dark period in his life and career. What he did was wrong, but I hope he'll be able to pull through it, serve his time, and come out and use what he went through to fuel his creativity. Same with Roger Avery. Godspeed to both of them (and the victims of their poor judgment), but even great artists are not above the law.

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