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Roman Polanski

FULL NAME Raymond Thierry Liebling
BORN 18 August 1933, Paris, France
ASSOCIATION

Director, producer, writer

NATIONALITY Polish/French
REVIEWED ENTRIES 11
MAX. RATING
MIN. RATING ½
AVERAGE RATING (DIRECTOR) 3.50

 

FILMOGRAPHY (ONLY REVIEWED ENTRIES)

YEAR TITLE ASSOCIATION

FILM RATING

1962 Knife in the Water / Nóż w wodzie Director/Writer

½

1965 Repulsion Director/Writer

½

1968 Rosemary's Baby Director

1974 Chinatown Director/Writer

1976 The Tenant Director/Writer/Actor

1988 Frantic Director

½

1992 Bitter Moon Director

½

1999 The Ninth Gate Director

½

2002 The Pianist

Director/Producer

2010 The Ghost Writer Director/Producer/Writer

2011 Carnage Director/Writer

 

BIO

After starting out as an actor in his native Poland, Polanski made a name for himself with his directorial debut Knife in the Water. He was seen as a big talent and soon moved to England, where his Repulsion and Cul-de-sac earned rave reviews. He then set sail for the United States and became an instant phenomenon with his groundbreaking and incredibly successful Rosemary's Baby in 1968. The following year, his wife Sharon Tate and their unborn child were killed by the Manson gang while Polanski himself was in Europe on business. In the next couple of years, Polanski made two films in Europa before bouncing back with Chinatown in 1974, for which he won numerous awards. This would also be his final American film, after the now infamous Samantha Gailey case broke in 1977. Returning to Europe and France, Polanski continued making thematically challenging films, often with erotic under- and overtones, and often to critical acclaim. In 2003, he won his first and only Oscar for directing the brilliant The Pianist. With his continuing analysis of the depths of the human psyche, Polanski has remained one of the most interesting directors for the past half-century.

 

AWARDS

The Academy Awards (Oscars)

1969

 

Nominated for Best Screenplay for Rosemary's Baby

1975

 

Nominated for Best Director for Chinatown

1980

 

Nominated for Best Director for Tess

2003

  Nominated for Best Picture for The Pianist

2003

Best Director for The Pianist