Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008)

Since Polanski has returned to the spotlight in the recent efforts of extradition from Switzerland to face his criminal charges in the United States, I thought it was time to watch this documentary about the crime in question.

The film tracks Roman Polanski's life from start in World War II Poland through to his current work as a director. What is clear is that Mr. Polanski has led a tortured life with his near death experiences in the war, the murder of his wife and then being faced with imprisonment for statutory rape. Despite all of this, Polanski is able to create potent Oscar winning films.

The meat of the film is a look at the trial after Polanski was arrested for having sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl in 1977. The trial judge is portrayed as fame hungry and as a result inept.

Certainly the issue is not resolved is California still wishes to sentence Polanski.

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