Directed by: Marina Zenovich
Starring: Pedro Almodóvar, Istvan Bajzat, Steve Barshop
I had vaguely heard about Roman Polanski’s troubles before; all I knew is that it was something involving pedophilia and now he can’t come back into the country. That sounds pretty bad, and that’s why I’m kinda glad I saw this.
Back in the 70’s, there was a scandal where acclaimed director Roman Polanski had sex with a sixteen year old girl. Being a famous person and a foreigner who didn’t apparently understand that anything about it was wrong, Polanski wasn’t going to get much. A month in rich person prison, probably. Unfortunately, the judge of the case was a media hound, even going so far as to hold a press conference about his decision before it was made. He wanted the sentence to be a big one so the trial would be remembered and he would be famous, and Polanski ended up going out of country to shoot a film and never came back.
One nice thing about this documentary was that it was just about what happened involving the court case, so how you feel about the morality or legitimate legality of what Polanski did, you get the same feeling at the end. I personally like documentaries that are more emotionally detached, so that was a definite plus for me.