Roman Polanski (born 18.8.1933) Roman Polanski is a Polish-French film director, producer and actor. As a director, he has earned a great deal of acclaim. However, his personal life has been blighted by controversy, which has often overshadowed his career.
Childhood: Roman Polanski was born Rajmund Roman Liebling in Paris, France, to Bula and Ryszard Liebling (aka Ryszard Polanksi). His father was a plastics manufacturer and a painter. His father was a Polish Jew and his mother was a Catholic. The Polanski family lived in Krakow during World War II. They were forced in the ghetto, along with thousands of Jews.
Polanski's mother perished in Auschwitz, but his father survived the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp. After the war, Roman was reunited with his father, who died of cancer in 1984.
A Career in Film: Roman Polanski graduated from the Polish film school in Lodz in 1959. He had already taken up acting, appearing in Pokolenie in 1954, as well as Zaczarowany Rower He made his own directorial debut in 1955 with a short film entitled Rower. Two other films, Two Men and a Wardrobe and When Angels Fall (1959).
Roman Polanski's first full-length film was Knife in the Water, the first significant post-WWII film not to have a war theme. Polanski earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.
Polanski then moved to England and collaborated with Gerard Brach on Repulsion (starring Catherine Deneuve), a film heavily influenced by the likes of Alfred Hitchcock, Jean Cocteau and Luis Bunuel.
Polanski then made Cul-de-Sac in 1966; a bleak tragicomedy filmed on location in Northumberland. Stylistically, the film was indebted to Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter. It stars Jack McGowran, Donald Pleasence and Francoise Dorleac.
The following year, Roman Polanski released The Fearless Vampire Killers, a parody of Hammer Studio's horror films. The film featured Polanski's future wife, Sharon Tate. Roman Polanski's career soon found more widespread acclaim when he relocated to the USA and made Rosemary's Baby in 1968. The film starred Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes.
Following the murder of his wife, Sharon Tate, the first film that Roma Polanski made was The Tragedy of Macbeth, starring Jon Finch and Francesca Annis.
In 1973, Roman Polanski made Chinatown. The film was nominated for 11 Oscars, including Best Actor / Actress awards for Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. Chinatown is considered by many to be Polanski's finest hour as a filmmaker.
Polanski's next film, The Tenant was made in Europe in 1976. It was an adaptation of a novel by Roland Topor and stars Polanski himself, as well as Shelley Winters and Isabelle Adjani. This was followed by an adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles, entitled simply Tess. The title role was played by Natassja Kinski.
Polanski's next few films were steady performers: Pirates starred Walter Matthau and was intended as homage to Errol Flynn and the swashbucklers he loved as a child. Then came Frantic, starring Harrison Ford, Bitter Moon with Hugh Grant and Kristin Scott Thomas and The Ninth Gate, starring Johnny Depp in 1999.
Roman Polanski then released The Piano in 2002. The film starred Adrien Brody and won the Best Director Academy Award. Two years later, he released a new adaptation of Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, starring Ben Kingsley, Barney Clark and Harry Eden.
In 2009, Roman Polanski began working on The Ghost, starring Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan.
Personal Life: Roman Polanski was married to the actress Barbara Lass between 1959 and 1961. He then married Sharon Tate in London in 1968. The following year, she was murdered by followers of Charles Manson in Los Angeles. In 1989, Roma Polanski married Emmanuelle Seigner. They have two children together, Morgane and Elvis.
In 1977, Roman Polanski was charged with a number of offences against a 13 year old girl, Samantha Geimer. Polanski fled to France before he could be formally sentenced. As a French citizen, he was protected from extradition and the director has avoided traveling to countries where he is likely to be extradited. In September 2009, Polanski was arrested as he tried to enter Switzerland, where he was due to receive an award at the Zurich Film Festival.
British Actor Frank Finlay Has Died, Aged 89.
The Oscar-nominated star of films like Othello and The Three Musketeers passed away on Saturday (30Jan16).
A message on his website reads: "We are very saddened to announce that Frank died today 30 January 2016 at home surrounded by his family. He was a fine actor and will be very much missed by his friends and family."
Finlay became a big star in Britain thanks to his role in 1971 TV mini-series Casanova. He landed an Academy Awards nod for his role of Iago, opposite Laurence Olivier, in 1965's Othello. And he played Porthos in director Richard Lester's big screen adaptation of The Three Musketeers in 1973.
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Roman Polanski Is Thankful He Can Now "Breathe With Relief" After Polish Authorities Rejected A U.s. Request To Extradite The Director To Face A Decades-old Sex Crime Conviction.
The Rosemary's Baby moviemaker fled to his native Europe on the eve of sentencing after he pleaded guilty to having unlawful sex with a minor in 1977.
Prosecutors have spent years attempting to have Polanski sent back for punishment and previously had a 2014 extradition request rejected by Polish officials. They submitted another application in January (15), but after months of delays, Judge Dariusz Mazur turned down the second request on Friday (30Oct15) and declared that extraditing Polanski would violate his human rights.
U.S. authorities have yet to reveal if they plan to appeal the decision, but as far as Polanski is concerned, the case is finally closed.
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Polish Authorities Have Rejected A U.s. Bid To Extradite Troubled Director Roman Polanski Back To America Over A Historic Sex Crime Conviction.
American officials have spent years trying to get the Rosemary's Baby moviemaker back to the States to be punished for his 1977 conviction, as he fled the country before he could be sentenced for having unlawful sex with a minor, a charge he pleaded guilty to.
Polish officials first received an extradition request in October, 2014 but it was rejected and another was filed by U.S. authorities in January (15). The second bid has been under deliberation for months, with hearings on the case being regularly pushed back.
The district court in Krakow finally issued a ruling on Friday (30Oct15), and the request was rejected. Judge Dariusz Mazur said, "(Polanski's) extradition is inadmissible" as it would violate the director's human rights.
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The extradition request relates to the 1977 sentence for Polanski's conviction for sexual assault on a minor.
A court in Poland has refused an extradition request by the United States to have film director Roman Polanski transported to America to face sentencing for his sex offence conviction.
Judge Dariusz Mazur, of the district court in the southern Polish city of Krakow, said that the request for “extradition is inadmissible” and that the director’s human rights could be violated as he might be subject to confinement. However, his decision is not legally binding and prosecutors are allowed to appeal the ruling.
Roman Polanski's extradition to America has been refused by a Polish court
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Director Roman Polanski Will Learn Whether Polish Authorities Will Extradite Him To The U.s. At The End Of October (15).
The Rosemary's Baby filmmaker has been a wanted man by U.S. authorities ever since he fled to Europe in 1978 on the eve of sentencing for having unlawful sex with a minor at a Hollywood party.
Prosecutors have made multiple requests over the years to have the moviemaker extradited back to America, so he can be punished for the crime, which he pleaded guilty to, but they were all denied.
They appealed to Polish officials for a second time in January (15), and after multiple delays, judges set 22 September (15) as the deadline for their decision.
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Polish Judges Are To Decide Next Month (Sep15) Whether To Order The Extradition Of Director Roman Polanski To The U.s.
Justice Department officials have been trying to transfer the Rosemary's Baby moviemaker back to America for years after he fled to Europe before he could be sentenced in 1978 for having unlawful sex with a minor, a charge he had pleaded guilty to.
Officials attempted to extradite him from Poland, where he was working on a film, in October (14) but local officials let him walk free after questioning, and they have been deliberating over a second extradition request since it was received in January (15).
The case has been adjourned a number of times as officials gather more information from the U.S., and it was announced on Thursday (27Aug15) that judges at a Polish court will make their decision on 22 September (15).
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Director Roman Polanski testified in court in Poland on Wednesday (25Feb15) as part of his long-running fight against extradition to the U.S. over his 1977 sex crime conviction.
American justice officials have spent years trying to bring the Rosemary's Baby moviemaker back to the U.S. so he can be punished for having unlawful sex with a minor in the 1970s.
The director fled America for Europe after pleading guilty to the charge before his sentencing in 1978 and U.S. officials have made several attempts to order him back the country.
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Roman Polanski is facing possible extradition from Poland.
Filmmaker Roman Polanski has appeared in a Poland court to testify at a hearing regarding a U.S. request for his extradition over a 1977 child sex crime conviction. Dariusz Mazur, the judge presiding over the case in Krakow, said the court needed more time to make a decision and needed to consider additional documents submitted by Polanski's lawyers.
Roman Polanski could be extradited to the U.S. for his child sex conviction
Polanski's hearing began at 09:00 GMT but was closed to the media.
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Veteran moviemaker Roman Polanski is heading to court in Poland to fight the latest attempt to extradite him to the U.S.
The director has agreed to appear at a court in Krakow next week (beg23Feb15) to face officials charged with deciding whether to grant a request from American prosecutors who want him returned to the U.S. to be punished for a sex crime conviction.
Polanski, who was born in France, pleaded guilty to a charge of having unlawful sex with a minor, but fled America for Europe on the eve of his sentencing in 1978.
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Prosecutors in Poland have moved forward with a request to extradite director Roman Polanski back to the U.S. so he can be punished for a sex crime conviction.
The Rosemary's Baby moviemaker, who was born in France, fled America for Europe on the eve of his sentencing in 1978 after pleading guilty to a charge of having unlawful sex with a minor, and U.S. officials have made several attempts to get him back to the States over the years.
Polish prosecutors received two extradition requests from U.S. officials for Polanski between October (14) and January (15), and the second request has now been sent to a regional court in the city of Krakow, where it will be decided if the case should be taken further.
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Date of birth
18th August, 1933
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