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Responsible for some utter tosh, but Apocalypto (or whatever it was called), was completely, mental and utterly brilliant. He reminds me of Aguirre-era Herzog.
Possibly one of the most under-appreciated artistes in the business.
I like him.
jews are responsible for all the wars in the world...are you a jew?
haven't seen much else
...what will you hit me with next, a TFI Friday montage? A Buzz Lightyear commercial? A Spice girls video?
America (in particular. i know this) went BATSHIT CRAZY FOR THAT MOVIE. I'd say that he's a brillant genius. Once you get past the whole hating jews bit.
oh wait, i can't get past that.
He's a booze hound who said some stupid stuff. Doesn't detract from the integrity of his work.
Probably because it's everything I hated about being raised Catholic compressed into a two hour snuff film.
polanski fucks children. chinatown is amazing.
reply to owr
He actually raped the child.
if you're uncomfortable with fuck, wasn't suggesting it was consensual (not that that would be okay either).
I remember that thread about it last year. Never understood why it got vaporized. He confessed and was charged.
and he's pretty libel happy, i can understand dis protecting itself.
She was thirteen years old, so even if she did consent, he still raped her in the eyes of the law. He drugged her. He performed oral sex on her while she repeatedly asked him to stop. He had penetrative sex with her while she repeatedly asked him to stop. He sodomized her while she repeatedly asked him to stop.
"and she was known to have a history of drug use"
So even if she was raped, her 'history of drug use' (how long a history of drug use can a thirteen year old child have? Doesn't this reflect worse on the adults who surrounded her at the time? Wasn't she, then, failed twice, both times by adults?) excuses Polanski, because...um...he's just a poor Holocaust survivor who's family were murdered, had a visit paid to his wife by The Family, and consequently all that bloodshed has led him to develop a rampant libido, particularly losing control of this drive around children? Horrific. You seem like the kind of wanker who'd tut over the short length of a rape victim's skirt.
His victim has forgiven him (or, rather, has caved to the pressure being put upon her by forces unseen) yet even this does not matter, because IN THE EYES OF THE LAW he is guilty.
Seems they're perfectly willing to defend anything provided it's guaranteed to piss off mummy and daddy, and will go to any lengths to apologize for sexism and rape (the ultimate act of misogynistic violence) when the perp is a a somewhat talented director/other famous liberal person.
Now I'm angry and ranting like an idiot but fuck it.
The five charges were dropped as part of a plea bargain to reduce his possible sentence. The crucial charge - statutory rape - was upheld. The judge gave the bullshit 90 day evaluation sentence (of which he served only 42) and, sniffing publicity, decided to "suggest" that more jail time could be on the horizon. The Judge deserves condemnation not for the threat of jail time, but for not sending him to prison in the first place. Polanski then reacted to the *prospect* of *possibly* serving time in jail thus: he fled like a coward. This is where most thinking about the case breaks down, and why it's so important he be brought back (which the Superior Court Judge has ruled will happen): He flouted the law. He believed himself above it. Whether or not the Judge's decision to threaten prison was right matters very little; Polanski decided he didn't particularly feel like being sentenced and went on the lam.
"his subsequent hounding for years after the the incident was nothing but a moral witchhunt"
Erm...he was hounded because, again, he showed a blatant disregard for American law.
Statements like this didn't help his case, either:
"If I had killed somebody, it wouldn’t have had so much appeal to the press, you see? But...fucking, you see, and the young girls. Judges want to fuck young girls. Juries want to fuck young girls. Everyone wants to fuck young girls!"
- Polanski, 1979
He's a scumbag who knows full well the extent people will go to defend him and his actions.
but he was good in passion of the jew