Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater
|Born||Rajmund Roman Thierry Polański
18 August 1933
|Citizenship||Polish (by birth) and French (by naturalization)|
|Alma mater||National Film School in Łódź|
|Occupation||Actor, director, producer, screenwriter|
|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 Anderson, David Fincher, Atom Egoyan, Darren Aronofsky, Park Chan-wook, Sean Durkin, Abel 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.
Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir (2011) – documentary
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.
Awards and nominations
|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|
|Academy Awards||Best Director||Won|
|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|
|Lumières Awards||Best Director||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|
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
- 1966: Cul De Sac nominated for National Syndication of Italian Film Journalists
- 1962: Knife in the Water won for Fipresci Prize