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    The Devil In The Detail: Thoughts On 'Chinatown' On Its 40th Anniversary

    I still remember the first time I ever saw a two-dollar bill. It was in a wallet, on a TV screen in the living room of my childhood home. The wallet belonged to a dead woman called Ida Sessions, and it was Jack Nicholson who was riffling through it: Social Security Card; Screen Actors Guild Membersh...

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    The Films of Roman Polanski, Ranked Worst to Best

    Few directors have had a greater impact on modern horror or arthouse thrillers than Roman Polanski. In anticipation of his latest, "Venus in Fur," here's a ranking of his films, from worst to best.

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    20 Films About Doubles And Doppelgangers

    In a culture of cellphone-snapped selfies it’s hard to imagine a time when people might have been afraid of their own image. But Facebook walls and Instagram feeds to the contrary, for the vastly longer portion of human history, to see a perfect replica of yourself was an uncanny event, impossible e...

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    Brett Ratner Talks Roman Polanksi's 'Weekend Of A Champion,' 'Rush Hour 4,' His Version Of Superman & More

    Brett Ratner, the director of the "Rush Hour" films and, most recently, "Tower Heist," isn't someone who you would imagine as being BFFs with Roman Polanski, the arty filmmaker behind such classics as "Chinatown" and "Rosemary's Baby." But this is exactly the case. The two have been great friends fo...

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    Roman Polanski on Rescuing 'Weekend of a Champion' From Obscurity and His Advice to Filmmakers

    In light of the upcoming November 22 theatrical release of Roman Polanski's restored and re-cut 1972 documentary "Weekend of a Champion," last week's New York City screening paid tribute to the film's decades-long journey by following with a rare press conference that included Polanski himself via S...

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    Submarine Deluxe Acquires U.S. Rights to Polanski-produced 'Weekend of a Champion'

    Submarine Deluxe, the distribution label of Submarine Entertainment, announced today that it has acquired the U.S. rights to the lost 1971 Polanski-produced "Weekend of a Champion," a documentary about Sir Jackie Stewart's bid for the Monaco Grand Prix. Directed by Frank Simon and presented by Brett...

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    Roman Polanski Apologizes To His Sexual Assault Victim In New Secret Doc Premiered In Zurich

    For all the films that he's made in the last 33 years, from the great to the dreadful, everything that Roman Polanski's done has been overshadowed by his 1978 sexual assault of a thirteen-year-old girl. The director was arrested and charged with six counts, including rape, but in a bargain with the ...

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    Venice '11 Review: 'Carnage' Is Fun While It Lasts, But Insubstantial & Anonymous

    Compared to his last film, Roman Polanski's "Carnage" must have been a breeze. Not that the shoot for "The Ghost Writer" was "Fitzcarraldo" or anything, but, famously, the project hit a major speed bump in September 2009, while the film was in post-production, when the helmer was arrested in Zurich,...

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    French Poster & More New Images From Roman Polanski's 'Carnage'

    Alexandre Desplat Replaces Alberto Iglesias As Film's ComposerWhile it may seem like heavier fare, "God of Carnage," the Tony-winning play by Yasmina Reza which Roman Polanski's "Carnage" is based on, is actually a comedy first, with some dramatic elements dashed in. In fact, one of the film's stars...

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    When Celebrated Directors Lose The Plot: Interesting Left Turns And Failures In An Auteur's Oeuvre

    Even the greatest of auteurs in cinema generally take one or two big missteps in their careers, either early on -- as happened to a lot of the Easy Riders/Raging Bulls generation of American filmmakers, bringing their hirsute hubris down to earth with a bump -- or later, when poor judgement and a degree of fossilisation can cloud a director’s vision -- see Quentin Tarantino’s remarks, for example, about not wanting to be a "geriatric" filmmaker, making films deep into his old age because this is when filmmakers generally lose their mojo, or Steven Soderbergh’s early retirement plans, which he hopes will see him...

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