August 18: Roman Polanski was born in 1933

roman polanski

Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater

Wikipedia:

Born Rajmund Roman Thierry Polański
18 August 1933 (age 82)
Paris, France
Residence France
Citizenship Polish (by birth) and French (by naturalization)
Alma mater National Film School in Łódź
Occupation Actor, director, producer, screenwriter
Years active 1954–present
Spouse(s)
  • Barbara Kwiatkowska-Lass(1959–1962; divorced)
  • Sharon Tate (1968–1969; her death)
  • Emmanuelle Seigner (1989–present)
Children 2 (daughter and son)


Roman Polanski (born Rajmund Roman Thierry Polański; 18 August 1933) is a Polish and, since 1976, naturalized-French film director, producer, writer, and actor. Having made films in Poland, the United Kingdom, France and the United States, he is considered one of the few “truly international filmmakers.” Polanski’s films have inspired diverse directors, including the Coen brothers, Wes AndersonDavid FincherAtom EgoyanDarren AronofskyPark Chan-wookSean DurkinAbel Ferrara, and Wes Craven.

Clive James interview

Clive James and Polanski chat rather casually about life in the ghetto and the murder of his wife Sharon Tate over escargot and wine. He shares that his interest in movies started when he lived in the Kraków Ghetto, when he was able to look through the barbed wire and see projections of newsreels in the square.

After his escape, he would frequent the cinema — ironically to watch German films, which he described as “lousy.” He goes on to say that one of the first films that “struck” him was Robin Hood, an American film. Once he got a taste, he began to read book after book on filmmaking.
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roman polanski a film memoir

Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir (2011) – documentary

Quotes

In Paris, one is always reminded of being a foreigner. If you park your car wrong, it is not the fact that it’s on the sidewalk that matters, but the fact that you speak with an accent.

I can only say that whatever my life and work have been, I’m not envious of anyone-and this is my biggest satisfaction.

Normal love isn’t interesting. I assure you that it’s incredibly boring.

I don’t really know what is shocking. When you tell the story of a man who is beheaded, you have to show how they cut off his head. If you don’t, it’s like telling a dirty joke and leaving out the punch line.

My films are the expression of momentary desires. I follow my instincts, but in a disciplined way.

If you have a great passion it seems that the logical thing is to see the fruit of it, and the fruit are children.

You have to show violence the way it is. If you don’t show it realistically, then that’s immoral and harmful. If you don’t upset people, then that’s obscenity.

Whenever I get happy, I always have a terrible feeling.

Roman-Polanski

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
1965 Berlin Film Festival Silver Berlin Bear-Extraordinary Jury Prize Repulsion Won
1966 Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear Cul-de-sac Won
1968 Academy Award Best Screenplay Rosemary’s Baby Nominated
1974 Academy Award Academy Award for Best Director Chinatown Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Golden Globe Award for Best Director Won
British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Best Direction Won
1979 César Award César Award for Best Picture Tess Won
César Award for Best Director Won
Academy Award Best Director Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Film Won
Golden Globe Award for Best Director—Motion Picture Nominated
2002 Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or The Pianist Won
British Academy of Film and Television Arts(BAFTA) Best Film Won
Best Director Won
Academy Awards Best Director Won
Best Picture Nominated
César Award César Award for Best Director Won
César Award for Best Film Won
2004 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Crystal Globe for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema Won
Argentine Film Critics Association Best Foreign Film The Pianist Nominated
2009 Zürich Film Festival Golden Icon Award Lifetime achievement Won
2010 Berlin Film Festival Silver Bear for Best Director The Ghost Writer Won
European Film Awards Best Film Won
Best Director Won
Best Screenwriter Won
Lumières Awards Best Director Won
Best Screenwriter Won
2011 César Award César Award for Best Director Won
César Award for Best Screenwriter Won
2014 César Award César Award for Best Film Venus in Fur Nominated
César Award for Best Director Won
César Award for Best Screenwriter Nominated

Other awards

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

  • 1980: Tess nominated for Best Direction
  • 1980: Tess nominated for Best Foreign Film
  • 1974: Chinatown nominated for Best Film
  • 1971: Macbeth nominated for Best Direction
  • 1971: Macbeth nominated for Best Film
  • 1965: Repulsion nominated for Best Direction
  • 1965: Repulsion nominated for Best Screenwriting

Venice Film Festival

  • 1966: Cul De Sac nominated for National Syndication of Italian Film Journalists
  • 1962: Knife in the Water won for Fipresci Prize