Roman Polanski

person | france | 30 productions

highlight_off
highlight_off
highlight_off
Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski is a Polish film director, producer, writer and actor. Having made films in Poland, Britain, France and the USA, he is considered one of the few truly international filmmakers. Roman Polanski was born in Paris in 1933.

His parents returned to Poland from France in 1936, three years before World War II began. On Germany's invasion in 1939, as a family of mostly Jewish heritage, they were all sent to the Krakow ghetto. His parents were then captured and sent to two different concentration camps: His father to Mauthausen-Gusen in Austria, where he survived the war, and his mother to Auschwitz where she was murdered. Roman witnessed his father's capture and then, at only 7, managed to escape the ghetto and survive the war, at first wandering through the Polish countryside and pretending to be a Roman-Catholic kid visiting his relatives. Although this saved his life, he was severely mistreated suffering nearly fatal beating which left him with a fractured skull.

Local people usually ignored the cinemas where German films were shown, but Polanski seemed little concerned by the propaganda and often went to the movies. As the war progressed, Poland became increasingly war-torn and he lived his life as a tramp, hiding in barns and forests, eating whatever he could steal or find. Still under 12 years old, he encountered some Nazi soldiers who forced him to hold targets while they shot at them. At the war's end in 1945, he reunited with his father who sent him to a technical school, but young Polanski seemed to have already chosen another career. In the 1950s, he took up acting, appearing in Andrzej Wajda's A Generation (1955) before studying at the Lodz Film School. His early shorts such as Two Men and a Wardrobe (1958), The Fat and the Lean (1961) and Mammals (1962), showed his taste for black humor and interest in bizarre human relationships. His feature debut, Knife in the Water (1962), was one of the first Polish post-war films not associated with the war theme. It was also the first movie from Poland to get an Oscar nomination for best foreign film. Though already a major Polish filmmaker, Polanski chose to leave the country and headed to France. While down-and-out in Paris, he befriended young scriptwriter, GĂ©rard Brach, who eventually became his long-time collaborator. The next two films, Repulsion (1965) and Cul-de-sac (1966), made in England and co-written by Brach, won respectively Silver and then Golden Bear awards at the Berlin International Film Festival. In 1968, Polanski went to Hollywood, where he made the psychological thriller, Rosemary's Baby (1968). However, after the brutal murder of his wife, Sharon Tate, by the Manson Family in 1969, the director decided to return to Europe. In 1974, he again made a US release - it was Chinatown (1974).

It seemed the beginning of a promising Hollywood career, but after his conviction for the sodomy of a 13-year old girl, Polanski fled from he USA to avoid prison. After Tess (1979), which was awarded several Oscars and Cesars, his works in 1980s and 1990s became intermittent and rarely approached the caliber of his earlier films. It wasn't until The Pianist (2002) that Polanski came back to full form. For that movie, he won nearly all the most important film awards, including the Oscar for Best Director, Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or, the BAFTA and Cesar Award.

He still likes to act in the films of other directors, sometimes with interesting results, as in A Pure Formality (1994).
[↓ show more ] [↑ show less ]

birth day

1933-08-18

imdb id

nm0000591

filmography

30 movies

Releases of person

See all

Pictures (1)

Roman Polanski filmography

showing credits: {{ microListCount['titles'] }} / 30 [Show all credits]

loading

{{ data.name }} ({{ data.year }})

{{ data.multi_pivot }} {{ country.name }}/
as director as producer as writer as composer as actor "{{ data.pivot.description }}" as director ({{ pivot.pivot.description }}) as producer ({{ pivot.pivot.description }}) as writer ({{ pivot.pivot.description }}) as composer as actor and

end of results end of results
highlight_off

{{ magicModalVars.header }}

director:

producers:

writers:

composers:

cast:

blu-ray VHS dvd digital download laserdisc beta 4K UHD {{ data.name }} ({{ data.first_title[0].year }})

distributor: {{ data.distributor.name }} ({{ data.country.name }}) in subcategory: {{ data.subcats[0].name }}
release is cut {{ mmss(data.release_cuts_seconds) }}

uncut

end of results
{{ data.name }} ({{ data.year }})

{{ country.name }} / . D: {{ director.name }}/

end of results
{{ data.name }} ({{ data.year }})

sequel prequel remake remake of spinoff spinoff of spoof of spoofs used by uses edited in edited from referenced in references
{{ data.pivot.comment }})

end of results
Currently effective rating: Other rating: {{ data.name }}
Rating details: {{ data.pivot.details }} ({{ dateFormat(data.pivot.rated_at, 'DD.MM.Y') }})

{{ data.description }}

end of results
{{ data.parent_list.name }}

"{{ data.description }}"
rating: {{ data.rating }}. watched: {{data.user.name }} {{ dateFormat(data.userdate, 'DD.MM.Y') }} ({{ data.source }})
"{{ data.description }}"
price: {{ data.price / 100 }}{{ data.price_currency }}. condition: very good. condition: good. condition: mediocre. condition: bad. condition: useless. added by: {{data.user.name }} {{ dateFormat(data.userdate, 'DD.MM.Y') }}.
"{{ data.description }}"
price: {{ data.price / 100 }} {{ data.price_currency }}. condition: very good. condition: good. condition: mediocre. condition: bad. condition: useless. added by: {{data.user.name }} {{ dateFormat(data.userdate, 'DD.MM.Y') }}.
"{{ data.description }}"
ill pay: {{ data.price / 100 }} {{ data.price_currency }}. condition: very good. condition: good. condition: mediocre. condition: bad. condition: useless. added by: {{ dateFormat(data.userdate, 'DD.MM.Y') }}.
"{{ data.description }}"
added by: {{data.user.name }} {{ dateFormat(data.userdate, 'DD.MM.Y') }}

list ends no results
Create new post by typing into "create new post" field. Then press "send" no posts about this subject. Create first! {{ data.name }}

trailer. klippi. full movie. review. documentary. bloopers / humour. extra. vlog. added by {{data.user[0].name }}

Video list ends. Create new video by pressing "create new video" button no results
blu-ray VHS dvd digital download laserdisc beta 4K UHD

({{ data.releases[0].country.name }}) cover page cover page b-side poster photo still promo material backcover

end of results end of results
{{ data.name }}
page created page changed page added picture {{ dateFormat(data.pivot.created_at, 'DD.MM.Y') }}
{{ data.pivot.description }}
list ends no results
First select a collection you wish to add your review. If you dont have a suitable collection, you can add one by clicking 'add new collection' button. In order to have your collection to be visible on page, it needs to have a rating and text must be more than 30 characters. The page will reload on close.

Videospace database is shared between two main categories: MOVIES and their RELEASES. A Movie can have releases from multiple different countries, formats, covers and released by different releasing companies. For example Movie Die Hard has finnish releases in VHS and Bluray formats. A Release usually includes one Movie but the database also supports Releases that can include multiple Movies. For example Die Hard Quadrilogy Bluray box includes four Die Hard Movies.

What is release?

In Videospace database Release is a distribution of Movie, TV series or documentary etc. in certain country or continent released by distributor company. Distribution, which is done with a physical or digital dowload. Physical recordings are ex. VHS and BETA tapes, optical DVD, Bluray, UHD and Laserdisc discs. Digital dowloads are files that user can dowload on his/hers computer. Digital dowloads does not qualify releases on streaming services such as Netflix or HBO, unless user can legally download releases on his/hers computer.

Release is made unique by release country, format, distributor company and also the package of release. If the same distributor company has released a movie in the same country in the same format but the cover package is different, these are count as seperate Releases.

pages.hint pictures person

pages.hint videos person

pages.hint list person

This field includes Videospace user reviews of the movie. A Review is only visible if it has a grade from 1 to 10 and if it has review text more than 30 characters. If you wish to write your own review click 'review this movie' button now!

blu-ray VHS dvd digital download laserdisc beta 4K UHD {{ data.item.name }} [movie] [release] [distributor] [production company] [video] [collection] [person] [user]

thumb_up_alt thumb_down_alt liked disliked {{ dateFormat(data.created_at.date, 'DD.MM.Y') }}

end of results
blu-ray VHS dvd digital download laserdisc beta 4K UHD {{ data.item.name }} [movie] [release] [distributor] [production company] [video] [collection] [person] [user]

Added this Edited this added picture {{ dateFormat(data.updated_at.date, 'DD.MM.Y') }}

end of results
Videospace uses cookies, Read more about privacy policy. check_circle