When said, the name Roman Polanski is usually followed by the same banal conversation. Masterpieces, dark childhood, great artist, victim, monster, etcetera. Whatever side of the fence you’re on, these interviews should pique the curiosity of the gossips and voyeurs out there.
From pretending to be a Roman Catholic boy in an effort to survive in Nazi-occipied Poland, to the 1969 murder of his then pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, by the Manson family, to the infamous sex abuse case in 1977, the touchiest subjects are broached.
Not only that, you get to hear about the making of his films. He’s made a few. Twenty features including Chinatown, The Fearless Vampire Killers, Rosemary’s Baby, Repulsion, The Pianist, and in PARALLEL MADNESS’ humble opinion, his best film – The Tenant.
The first interview took place in 2000 with a baby-faced, pre-The Story Of Film, Mark Cousins. The Northern Irish fluffy articulator adopts a baited approach that makes for an entertaining and heated affair.
The second interview happened way back in 1984. A smooth operator, Clive James builds more of a rapport with Mister Polanski and manages to get him to open up about the more delicate issues, revealing some moments of startling honesty.