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Polanski To Finish “Ghost” From Jail

Polanski To Finish "Ghost" From Jail

BBC is reporting that director Roman Polanski will try and finish his film “The Ghost” from the Swiss prison he is currently being held at. The film’s screenwriter, Robert Harris, was speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, when he was asked about the project’s future. “He can make his wishes known from his cell. I don’t think he can make phone calls but he can communicate,” he said.

The film is based on Harris’s novel of the same name, and stars Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan and Kim Cattrall. It follows a ghost writer who is helping a former British Prime Minister write his memoirs. Polanski finished shooting the film this past May, and finished editing it on the day of his arrest. He has been said to want to have the film completed for the 2010 Berlin Film Festival, and recently gave instructions about the film score to Alexandre Desplat.

“The Ghost” is the first Polanski movie with a U.S. setting since 1974’s “Chinatown.” Locations in Germany had to stand in for the story’s New England settings. The film does not yet have a U.S. deal, but it does have distribution in many overseas territories, including France and Germany.

Polanski was arrested in Switzerland last month over his 1977 conviction for unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl. The Swiss Justice Ministry denied the 76-year-old bail last week, saying there was a “very high risk that he will flee”. The events have caused a massive culture war, as demonstrated by the comments section of past indieWIRE articles in its regard.

If Polanski does indeed finish “Ghost” in time for Berlin, the frenzy surrounding its premiere should be very interesting to say the least.

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Behind the demands that “justice must be done” and “no one is above the law” lies a reactionary social and ideological agenda. Anyone tempted to sign on to this campaign had better think long and hard about its implications.

A coalition of right-wingers and “feminist liberals” has formed, capable of the wildest demagogy and accusations.The derangement of the arguments should set off alarm bells. The Polanski affair is being used to stoke law-and-order hysteria and neo-puritanical witch-hunting.We are seeing before our eyes, so to speak, the movement of an entire layer of the upper-middle class to the right. There are those in the circles in and around Salon, the Nation and the rest of the liberal media who are merely stupid, to be frank, and easily duped.


Seems like a good idea since he’ll be in jail for the rest of his life. Pity what happens to a man who admitted raping a 13 year old.

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