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Forget extradition -- Roman Polanski feels the love

February 21, 2010 | 11:26 am

Pol He may be a polarizing figure in the news, but cineastes continue to embrace Roman Polanski.

The director’s literary thriller "The Ghost Writer" attracted strong audiences to the art houses where it opened this weekend, earning an average of $44,000 per screen in two theaters in Los Angeles and two theaters in New York.

The Summit Entertainment movie stars Pierce Brosnan as an embattled former British prime minister and Ewan MacGregor as the ghostwriter hired to pen his memoirs. It's more commercial than that sounds, though, as it basically tracks MacGregor following a conspiracy/political coverup. At its best moments, it harks back to the director's paranoia-themed work of several decades ago.

Polanski has been the subject of controversy as U.S. prosecutors continue to try to extradite him from Switzerland over statutory rape charges first filed in 1978. But hardcore fans of both Polanski and art-house film appeared unruffled by headlines and turned out in dedicated numbers.

They also seemed relatively pleased after they saw the movie, handing the film a respectable B+ CinemaScore.

The news is consistent with what many observers have said: Film fans care when stars are in the news, but they're probably not going to let a controversy over a director stop them from buying a ticket to his movie. Or, even more pointedly, they may buy a ticket in support of said filmmaker.

Indeed, the business came on the same weekend that Polanski found favor with another jury. No, not that kind of jury -- he won the Silver Bear award for best director at the Berlin International Film Festival, where his movie premiered. Needless to say, Polanski, who is under house arrest and was taken into custody at the last film festival he attended, in Zurich, did not turn up in person to accept the prize.

-- Steven Zeitchik

Photo: Roman Polanski on the set of "The Ghost Writer." Credit: Guy Farrandis / Summit Entertainment


 
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The movie, The Ghostwriter is a captivating Polanski-Hitchcock fusion.


The scenes and actors are excellently directed by Roman Polanski, a man who knows people, has lived a life in all its intense and wonderful highs, yet also has known its deepest lows, but somehow still has managed to find his way up again & humor throughout it all, with his own internal Triumph of the Will running to keep him vital.


The Ghostwriter is extremely amusing and fun, set against a political backdrop of torture and war crimes, with some parallels to the director's own life, as well as political events in reality.


Coincidentally the same day Film maker Roman Polanski, (under house arrest in Switzerland and fighting extradition to the United States) won the best director award at the Berlin film festival for the political thriller The Ghost Writer,


the Bush administration lawyers John Yoo and Jay Bybee were exonerated of any misconduct for writing the Torture Memos by the U.S. Department of Justice Department,


making it a win win situation for everyone, apart from those who were tortured, and those who may be tortured in the future.

"a man who knows people, has lived a life in all its intense and wonderful highs, yet also has known its deepest lows, but somehow still has managed to find his way up again & humor throughout it all, with his own internal Triumph of the Will running to keep him vital."

I hope you can say the same about the 13 year old girl he drugged & raped.

i see polanski likes the red one camera

Despicable article. Notice some of the wording in this article

"Forget extradition -- Roman Polanski feels the love"
( yea right, we must all love someone who plied a 13 year with drugs and alcohol and then raped her.)

"Polanski has been the subject of controversy"
(he isn't the subject of controversy, he is the subject of child rape)

"The news is consistent with what many observers have said: Film fans care when stars are in the news, but they're probably not going to let a controversy over a director stop them from buying a ticket to his movie. Or, even more pointedly, they may buy a ticket in support of said filmmaker."
(again, there is no controversy,.. people do not support pedophiles, nor do they have a very high opinion of people who write articles that support them.)

Jasmine, one doesn't have to support torture to find Polanski's behavior atrocious. Equating the two is a red herring. It's lovely that he has had life's "intense and wonderful highs," including the rape of a child (which, by the way, is still rape even if she "consents," which we don't recognize her ability to do below a certain age, and it is still rape even if her mother hands her over like Judas handed over Jesus). John Yoo, Jay Bybee, and Roman Polanski should all stand trial for their crimes. Looks like none of 'em will, by the way.

SlimPickens, I agree with your POV. Unfortunately, there are all too many film lovers who are willing to give him a pass on pedophilia because, you know, he is an "artiste." I wonder how many child rapes being an artiste buys? Does Picasso get to rape more children than the guy who painted the dogs playing poker? Who sets this standard? I guess it's cinema lovers. How many rapes do we get if we're Shakespeare, as opposed to Stephen King? What if I publish one article in the LA Times? Does that get me a free pass on some crime, too?

i belive ever one helps this man avoid justice is equaly guilty let us not forget he is a child molester this hardens my mind set of hollywood for robing childern of there inocense i think hollywood is like an open sewer stinking the whole nation we all should want justice to be served no matter who you are or what you do no one with half a BRAIN should work for or with this MOLESTER if i keep thinking of him i will throw up

To Shannon - It's the government creating diversions not Jasmine.

There is a possibility that the rebirth of the California prosecution against Polanski and his Swiss arrest was to stop the movie “The Ghostwriter” from being released. Maybe somebody didn't want it released.

It was 32 years ago California that prosecutors started this discriminatory prosecution against Polanski, but not against the American boy who was also having sex with the same underage girl, who had already had sex by the time she was 8 years old.

The discriminating prosecutors also did not address the mother’s neglect of her daughter. Maybe the mother wanted to blackmail Polanski for some cash.

The age for sex is earlier in France and Poland, and the Judge was committing illegal acts against Polanski like sentencing him twice and trying to take his right to stay in USA away. Then there was a bait and switch plea agreement – which made the court unstable and dangerous. Polanski had already served time in a Prison in California.

Also the sentence was not for rape, but was for consensual sex with an underage girl. There is a difference. There was no trial.

Roman Polanski was also set up by a mother who for some reason did not chaperone her underage daughter with an older foreign film director known for his love of women, when she knew her daughter would model for him

The girl has forgiven Polanski, but the State doesn’t care.

There is a double standard in California since government employees condone and cover up sexual assault of women. They band together and frame the women who have already been sexually victimized.

So why should Polanski come to the State of California at all, when there is no fair play, and often foul play, where he will be subjected to a double standard, just as the women whose sexual assault complaints are covered up by California authorities are subjected to the Government's double standard.

Also if the U.S. Department of Justice can forgive John Yoo, Jay Bybee, for the Torture Memos that allowed others to kill and torture people, although Yoo & Bybee's real purpose may have been to take the rap for the Torture Memos to divert the attention away from those who had insisted upon them, then there is no good reason why the U.S. Justice department could not pardon Polanski a foreign person who had consensual sex with a minor 32 years ago- when the victim forgave him long ago.

If Polanski is detained much longer some people may begin to wonder if what happened 32 years ago is the real problem, or whether it is something else.

While I agree it was a terrible crime Roman Polanski committed 30+ years ago, the now @44yr-old victim of this crime has long ago forgiven him; I would suggest some of you might do the same. Btw...he has also recently (within the last year) spoken out, asking for him NOT to be extradited.

That would be "SHE has recently spoken out..." Please excuse the typo.

And so did his 13 year old conquest.

Well, this fan cares. We are not talking about tax evasion, we are talking about rape/seduction of a little girl. It is appalling and absolutely breathtaking to see how fans (like the author of this article) tries to make Polanski get out of this. How can you call a crime, a pedophile crime that is, a "controversy"? Picture your 40 something friend having sex with a 13 year old niece of yours. That is just sick! It does not take away Polanski's achievements as a director, but you certainly can not make it look like less than it is. It is a crime and he gets his punishment like everybody else. What message are you sending young girls who have been in a similar situation? We all have a responsibility to protect our children. Polanski makes me feel sick and I will NOT watch any of his movies, because I do not want to support him for his behavior.

Polanski needs to 'feel' some jail time. Whatever brilliance or creativity he ever possessed has been squandered in his conscious decision to engage in immoral and illegal acts. I refuse to allow the left-wing media to paint a different story, and I refuse to buy into the 'poor Polanski' whining. Even 'artists' can man up. Well, maybe not this worm.

anybody else drugged and sodomized a 13 year old girl would be under the jail, but if your "somebody in hollywood" they give you an oscar.
polanski must know things about hollywood that he can reveal, why else would barabar walters, whoopi goldberg and all of hollywood say what a great guy he is. there are people who did what polanski did and are living under bridges in the u.s. polanksi is in a swiss chalet.

Polanski drugged and raped a 13 year old girl. Maybe if that little girl was jewish it would have mad a difference.

Instead they elevate this man as a hero. Mel Gibson gets hounded about some drunken comments and then the hollywood set treats him like Hitler.

Polanski drugs, and brutally rapes a child, making him the worst kind of rapist and pedophile but he's the toast of the town.

Guess the hollywood double standard is in full force. Well as far as hollywood is concerned, a jewish rapist is a good rapist, provided the victim isn't jewish.


Throw this animal in jail and let him feel the love of another prisoner.

PIA.Pedophile stated "Throw this animal in jail and let him feel the love of another prisoner."

Glad pedophile isn't a judge, or is he? No wonder there is 70 per cent recidivism
with this kind of mind set, this kind of injustice

ISn't he a child molester? Why are we talking about anything but getting him back here to stand trial for the crimes he is accused of committing?

Shannon, one doesn't have to support torture to find that the Santa Monica Court and the California Courts behavior towards Polanski is absolutely atrocious and sadistic.

And all the more so since the California courts don't care about female sexual assault victims at all, and only cares about giving sexual assault victims the short shift using the masculine muscle of their own abuse of power. The problem is - is that the system is corrupt.

While the system is corrupt why should anyone respect it especially those who are being victimized and have suffered because of the corruption?

So Shannon equating Judicial Misconduct, Prosecutorial Misconduct, & Police Misconduct with torture is no red herring, since coercion, intimidation, discrimination, assault and battery, thuggery, greed, bait and switch justice, and no accountability through use of corrupt & deceptive means, is the name of the game -

Remember Amadeo Diallo, who was not armed, shot 41 times by New York Police for doing nothing on the 4th February 1999. The police had a license to kill and they did. It was easy to kill because - no accountability.

So bottom line there has been torture inflicted on foreign individuals by varying American Officials which is the worst kind of abuse of power.

The torture in each case was not same of course. One was a short torture of 41 bullets, and death came quickly,

the other, Roman Polanski has been tortured for 32 years through Official Misconduct, illegal coercion, and a prosecutor who was not assigned to the case chatting to the Judge regarding upping the ante on the sentence. There is no red herring here, only torture.


As those of us who have been following Polanski’s international legal travails in detail are aware, on December 21, 2009, the California Court of Appeal in Los Angeles urged the Los Angeles Superior Court to allow the exiled director to be sentenced “in absentia” –meaning without setting foot on United States soil.

That same appellate opinion urged the Los Angeles County District Attorney Steven Cooley “to investigate and take appropriate curative action in response to [a former Los Angeles County prosecutor’s] admissions that he engaged in prosecutorial misconduct in the Polanski matter”.

In addition, the court of appeal observed: “Similarly, although Judge Rittenband‟s alleged transgressions cannot be attributed to the district attorney’s office, former Deputy District Attorney Gunson has declared under penalty of perjury that the trial court engaged in misconduct. …This role as an administrator of justice should prompt the district attorney’s office to internally investigate whether the allegations of judicial misconduct are substantiated and whether Polanski was subjected to unethical and unjust proceedings.”

Following return to the trial court from this unusual and pointed opinion, the trial court refused to allow the house arrested Polanski to be sentenced in absentia, and to date Cooley has performed no investigation.

Meanwhile, the Swiss court overseeing Polanski’s extradition request by Los Angeles prosecutors stated last week that pending a finial judicial resolution of the court of appeal suggestion that Polanski may be sentenced long distance—the petition to bring the director back to Los Angeles for sentencing is on indefinite hold.

This is indeed an anomalous situation, wherein a 13 year old, sexually experienced and well endowed female, going on 35, engaged in sexual intercourse with a bereaved widower (whose pregnant wife had recently been murdered by Charles Mansion followers), Polanski pleaded guilty to what was known at the time as “statutory rape” (sex with an under-age girl), the judge reneged on a sentencing arrangement following Polanski’s stay as a California prison inmate to be evaluated, and where the (now 45 year old) “victim” insists that the director has been punished enough and has requested the Los Angeles Superior Court as well as the court of appeal to dismiss the charges against Polanski.


"Remember Amadeo Diallo, who was not armed, shot 41 times by New York Police for doing nothing on the 4th February 1999. The police had a license to kill and they did. It was easy to kill because - no accountability.

So bottom line there has been torture inflicted on foreign individuals by varying American Officials which is the worst kind of abuse of power.

The torture in each case was not same of course. One was a short torture of 41 bullets, and death came quickly,

the other, Roman Polanski has been tortured for 32 years through Official Misconduct, illegal coercion, and a prosecutor who was not assigned to the case chatting to the Judge regarding upping the ante on the sentence. There is no red herring here, only torture. "

why werent you or any of the commenters saying the same thing for that guy who shot himself or felt the need to kill himself in texas than? Oh Polanski isnt a sex offender now and that guy was? Is that it? here look and read the comments to see what I mean:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2008/06/nbc-resolves-la.html

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2008/06/dateline-nbc-we.html

http://articles.latimes.com/2008/jun/25/business/fi-predator25

EndGame’s point is either vague or not on point.

Forget extradition – Roman Polanski feels the love because-

within the Roman Polanski debate concerning Judicial and Prosecutorial Misconduct at the Santa Monica Courthouse irrelevant personal premises about Polanski have been introduced.

Such red herrings may successfully distract from the topic of the debate –

which is Judicial and Prosecutorial Misconduct against Roman Polanski in the Santa Monica Courthouse in 1977 and 1978.

Here is how the fallacious Ad Hominem argument against Polanski plays out.

First Premise: Polanski has made a claim that there was Judicial and Prosecutorial Misconduct against him at the Santa Monica Courthouse

(which is actually supported by real footage of Judge Laurence J. Rittenband and David Wells in the documentary movie Polanski: Wanted & Desired by Marina Zenovich)

Second Premise: There is something objectionable about Polanski,

Therefore: Polanski’s claim is false

(because Polanski is objectionable).

The County of Los Angeles prosecutors and the World’s media commits the Ad Hominem Fallacy when they introduce irrelevant personal premise about Polanski.

Such red herrings may successfully distract the opponent or the audience from the REAL TOPIC OF THE DEBATE which is JUDICIAL & PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT AGAINST ROMAN POLANSKI at the SANTA MONICA COURTHOUSE in 1977 & 1978.

May contain spoilers to “The Ghost Writer”

Some may think that with Polanski’s latest movie "The Ghost Writer" that Polanski has escaped into his own nightmarish cinema, which bears no resemblance to reality, or to his current situation.

But this is not true since there is an aspect of the movie which duplicates Roman Polanski’s own demise in America in 1978, which is not all of his own doing.

In the movie there are two ghost writers who never meet, the first one dies before the next one arrives, but both ghost writers are linked in having to deal with the same people in the same location, with the same corruption, the same cover-up, the same set of circumstances which seeks to kill them for exposing corruption.

In the movie the first ghost writer perishes under strange circumstances and becomes a ghost, paralleling Roman Polanski's own transformation into a Ghost in America in 1978 in that he had to flee America due to Judicial & Prosecutorial Misconduct perpetrated against him.

Then just like "The Ghost Writer" a second ghost writer does exist in reality, who also faced Judicial corruption at the same Santa Monica Courthouse, California, but some twenty years later, for exposing Police corruption .

For the second ghost writer official corruption came in the form of Judicial Misconduct and Police brutality, undocumented White County Sheriffs in the Courtroom to assault and batter, for exposing Santa Monica College Police cover up of her sexual assault complaint perpetrated by a photography teacher which sexual assault occurred in his darkroom class from behind.

And so the two ghost writers's are linked by Judicial corruption occurring in the same location, the Santa Monica Courthouse.

By exposing police corruption in the Santa Monica Courtroom the second ghost writer, a female was attacked in the courtroom by an undocumented White County of Los Angeles sheriffs Deputies and an African American Santa Monica College Police Officer in front of a County judge who has now been promoted to the California Court of Appeals by the former California Governor on police brutality day.

As there are two Ghost writers victimized at the same location, the Santa Monica Courthouse, who have never met, but yet whose paths are inextricably crossed because of the Judicial Misconduct and corruption they both encountered there,

This makes Roman Polanski’s claim of Judicial Misconduct and discrimination all the more powerful , since there is a double standard in how sexual assault cases are exploited in the Santa Monica Courthouse, California.

The movie, "The Ghost Writer" warns writers to not look for the truth, or facts that Officials do not want you to expose, because if you dare expose those political facts, or if you dare to report sexual assault by a California College professor, you may end up as a ghost of yourself, and dead upon arrival.

It completely disgusts me how willing people are to set aside the fact that Roman Polanski is a child rapist who fled the country before serving his time; it just goes to show where people's priorities truly lie. If you're a famous director, entertainer or sports idol, you can get away with anything, including raping children.

And before someone starts yammering about 'Right Wing Conservatives', know that I'm about as Liberal as a person can get and not Christian either. Roman Polanski being a scum sucking criminal who should rot in prison for the rest of his natural life is one thing Pagans and Christians can agree upon.

I think all negative commenters are either blindly hateful victims or abusers and are projecting their sins on a man who is better than they are. Hate does not make life better it only continues hate, uneasyness and distress. Enjoy the adrenaline, and die young. Hate, hate, hate, hate.....

Here's an age of consent map of the World - circa 2010

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ef/Age_of_Consent.png

The age of consent in this world for male - female relationships - is certainly not unanimous in all States or Countries, nor agreed upon universally, and a World traveller such as Roman Polanski could get confused and may have fallen into a Clash of Cultures in California without realizing it, or meaning for this to happen.

And regardless that it is not a defense to be ignorant of the law , this should have been dealt with very quickly and be done with, and there is something terribly wrong in California because this should not have lingered on in the Courts for so long...


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