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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 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) Collapse
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  1. This is a superb picture, sharp, open-minded, wised-up and cinematically accomplished.
  2. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    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. I wish Zenovich wasn't forced to skate surfaces when it comes to Polanski's perspective -- his interviews are vague and archival -- but she skillfully works around him to craft a maddening look at one of Hollywood's most infamous trials.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeremy Mathews
    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: Ella Taylor
    Lively, exasperating documentary.

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