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  • Summary: Reopening a case that has inspired curiosity, controversy, and confusion for over three decades, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired is an extensive exploration of the circumstances that led up to – and the circus that followed – Polanski’s conviction for having unlawful sexual intercourseReopening a case that has inspired curiosity, controversy, and confusion for over three decades, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired is an extensive exploration of the circumstances that led up to – and the circus that followed – Polanski’s conviction for having unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. Zenovich had unprecedented access to several of the key players in the case, including the lawyers representing the case, the media covering it, and the unusually clear-eyed and candid victim. Unearthing a trove of telling footage from the past, and combining it with insightful interviews from today, she brings comprehension and clarity to events long clouded by myth and misconception. A thrilling examination of a case that became the prototype for innumerable Hollywood courtroom scandals to follow, the film becomes a brilliant discourse on the attraction/ repulsion that defines celebrity culture in contemporary America. (THINKFilm) Expand
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
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  1. This is a superb picture, sharp, open-minded, wised-up and cinematically accomplished.
  2. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    90
    A mesmerizing portrait of the director as acclaimed artist and tortured human being.
  3. 83
    Falls short of being a great film because it lacks a certain ambition.
  4. 80
    The mesmerizing narrative recounts a media circus of unrivaled malignance.
  5. The phrase in the title "wanted and desired" is offered by a producer friend of Polanski's who describes him as "wanted" in the United States, but "desired" in Europe, where sexual behaviour is treated more honestly and artists' dark sides are celebrated.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeremy Mathews
    70
    The film is most remarkable when it exposes the ease with which the press and a self-obsessed judge can pervert the country's justice system.
  7. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    50
    With a subject like Roman Polanski, you don't really need to do much to capture audience interest. But maybe that's the reason Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired doesn't live up to its promise.

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  1. BenD
    Jul 30, 2009
    10
    A masterpiece of the documentary genre.