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Polanski Arrest: Still More, And Increasingly Polemical, Response

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 30 September 2009

It’s clear that the arrest of film director Roman Polanski has attracted a good deal of media coverage.  As this coverage continues more and more diverging views on the subject have surfaced, and this from a very large spectrum of the political and creative communities.

We provide here two links to articles from The New York Times, online, “France Divided Over Polanski Case”, by Doreen Carvajal and Michael Cieply and “Powerful Player Joins Polanski Team” by Michael Cieply and Doreen Carvajal.

With the posting of these two links we would like to think that our own communications on this event and its surrounding repercussions will come to an end.  The issues relevant to our scope of inquiry have, by and large, been raised.  We are confident that you, yourselves, are in the processing of forming and modulating your own opinions on these issues and we feel that further coverage of the subject is best left to what may be called “the news media”. 

Nevertheless, if you wish to express your points of view in comments please feel free to do so, encouraging others to share their own opinions as well.

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Director Roman Polanski Arrested After 31 Years

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 27 September 2009

Here’s a link to The Daily Beast’s coverage of an article from the Associated Press (AP article link in The Daily Beast) on the arrest of Roman Polanski in Switzerland, 31 years after being considered a fugitive by the U.S., stemming from charges of unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13 year old girl to which Polanski pleaded guilty.

Of course, Polanski’s films (“Chinatown”, “The Pianist”, and many others) are widely known and justly so and it seems that in fact he was in Switzerland to receive a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to the cinema.  Unfortunately this episode gives us another opportunity to consider the subject of individual dysfunction as well as the grim realities of personal/professional schisms.

One may be tempted to speculate that after 31 years some sort of statute of limitations, if not legal then ethical would come into consideration.  It doesn’t take much to imagine, however, that the victim feels very differently indeed.

One may ask if, aside from Polanski’s status as a filmmaker, the news of his arrest could be considered as any sort of cultural news.  The answer may be quite simple.  Criminality (even alleged), legality, justice and the passage of time are conceived of, and lived, through a cultural filter and once again, sadly or otherwise, we are given the opportunity to review these concepts and their ethical foundations and to evaluate the implications in a situation that is all too clearly “real life”.

One can also ask how Polanski found the strength to continue, let alone create award-winning art, after the horrors he himself has known in his life.  And, in the next breath, ask how anyone could treat a child as Polanski admitted he did in pleading guilty to the charges in 1978.

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