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{{#invoke:redirect hatnote|redirect}} {{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} Roman Polanski (born Rajmund Roman Thierry Polański, 18 August 1933) is a Paris-born Pole and, since 1976, naturalized French-Polish<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> film director, producer, writer, and actor. Having made films in Poland, the United Kingdom, France and the United States, he is considered one of the few "truly international filmmakers."<ref name="Freer" /> Born in Paris to Polish parents, he moved with his family back to Poland (Second Polish Republic) in 1937, shortly before the outbreak of World War II.<ref name="contributions"/> He survived the Holocaust, was educated in Poland (People's Republic of Poland), and became a director of both art house and commercial films.<ref name="Law in Action: Polanski Libel Case" />

Polanski's first feature-length film, Knife in the Water (1962), made in Poland, was nominated for a United States Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.<ref name="california"/> He has since received five more Oscar nominations, along with two Baftas, four Césars, a Golden Globe Award and the Palme d'Or of the Cannes Film Festival in France. In the United Kingdom he directed three films, beginning with Repulsion (1965). In 1968 he moved to the United States and cemented his status by directing the horror film Rosemary's Baby (1968), for which Ruth Gordon won an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress.

In 1969, Polanski's pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, was murdered by members of the Manson Family while staying at Polanski's Benedict Canyon home above Los Angeles.<ref name="Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired" /> Following Tate's death, Polanski returned to Europe and spent much of his time in Paris and Gstaad, but did not direct another film until Macbeth (1971) in England. The following year he went to Italy to make What? (1973) and subsequently spent the next five years living near Rome. However, he travelled to Hollywood to direct Chinatown (1974). The film was nominated for eleven Academy Awards, and was a critical and box-office success.<ref name="Chinatown1974 at IMDB" /> Polanski's next film, The Tenant (1976), was shot in France, and completed the "Apartment Trilogy", following Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby.<ref name="trilogy" />

In 1977, after a photo shoot in Los Angeles, Polanski was arrested for the rape of 13-year-old Samantha Geimer and pleaded guilty to the charge of unlawful sex with a minor.<ref name="In Polanski Case, '70s Culture Collides With Today" /> He was released from prison after serving 42 days and was told he would be put on probation. When he learned that the judge planned to renege on that promise, he fled to Paris before sentencing. He publicly offered his apology to Geimer telling her he regretted the episode.<ref name="CNN-apology" /><ref name="heraldsun" />In September 2009, he was arrested by Swiss police and later released after they denied a U.S. request for his extradition.<ref name="A Tribute to ... Roman Polanski" /><ref name="guardian.co.uk" /> In October 2015, after another request for extradition, a judge in Poland refused the request.<ref>"Polish Judge Rejects Extradition of Roman Polanski", New York Times, Oct. 30, 2015</ref> Geimer supported the Polish decision, adding, "He said he did it, he pled guilty, he went to jail. I don't know what people want from him."<ref>"Roman Polanski's Victim Samantha Geimer Is 'Pleased' the Director Won't Be Extradited, Says She Recovered 'A Long Time Ago'", People magazine, Oct. 31, 2015</ref>

Polanski continued to make films such as The Pianist (2002), a WWII true story drama about Jewish-Polish musician Władysław Szpilman. The film won three Academy Awards including Best Director, along with numerous international awards. He also directed other films, including Oliver Twist (2005), a story which parallels his own life as a "young boy attempting to triumph over adversity".<ref name="Freer" /> In 2009 he received a lifetime-achievement award from the Zurich Film Festival,<ref name="AFP2009-09-27" /> and in 2011 won Best Director at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival for Carnage. He was awarded Best Director for The Ghost Writer (2010) at the 23rd European Film Awards that year but was unable to receive it in person due to his retention by the Swiss authorities.<ref name=winners>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>


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{{#invoke:redirect hatnote|redirect}} {{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} Roman Polanski (born Rajmund Roman Thierry Polański, 18 August 1933) is a Paris-born Pole and, since 1976, naturalized French-Polish<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> film director, producer, writer, and actor. Having made films in Poland, the United Kingdom, France and the United States, he is considered one of the few "truly international filmmakers."<ref name="Freer" /> Born in Paris to Polish parents, he moved with his family back to Poland (Second Polish Republic) in 1937, shortly before the outbreak of World War II.<ref name="contributions"/> He survived the Holocaust, was educated in Poland (People's Republic of Poland), and became a director of both art house and commercial films.<ref name="Law in Action: Polanski Libel Case" />

Polanski's first feature-length film, Knife in the Water (1962), made in Poland, was nominated for a United States Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.<ref name="california"/> He has since received five more Oscar nominations, along with two Baftas, four Césars, a Golden Globe Award and the Palme d'Or of the Cannes Film Festival in France. In the United Kingdom he directed three films, beginning with Repulsion (1965). In 1968 he moved to the United States and cemented his status by directing the horror film Rosemary's Baby (1968), for which Ruth Gordon won an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress.

In 1969, Polanski's pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, was murdered by members of the Manson Family while staying at Polanski's Benedict Canyon home above Los Angeles.<ref name="Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired" /> Following Tate's death, Polanski returned to Europe and spent much of his time in Paris and Gstaad, but did not direct another film until Macbeth (1971) in England. The following year he went to Italy to make What? (1973) and subsequently spent the next five years living near Rome. However, he travelled to Hollywood to direct Chinatown (1974). The film was nominated for eleven Academy Awards, and was a critical and box-office success.<ref name="Chinatown1974 at IMDB" /> Polanski's next film, The Tenant (1976), was shot in France, and completed the "Apartment Trilogy", following Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby.<ref name="trilogy" />

In 1977, after a photo shoot in Los Angeles, Polanski was arrested for the rape of 13-year-old Samantha Geimer and pleaded guilty to the charge of unlawful sex with a minor.<ref name="In Polanski Case, '70s Culture Collides With Today" /> He was released from prison after serving 42 days and was told he would be put on probation. When he learned that the judge planned to renege on that promise, he fled to Paris before sentencing. He publicly offered his apology to Geimer telling her he regretted the episode.<ref name="CNN-apology" /><ref name="heraldsun" />In September 2009, he was arrested by Swiss police and later released after they denied a U.S. request for his extradition.<ref name="A Tribute to ... Roman Polanski" /><ref name="guardian.co.uk" /> In October 2015, after another request for extradition, a judge in Poland refused the request.<ref>"Polish Judge Rejects Extradition of Roman Polanski", New York Times, Oct. 30, 2015</ref> Geimer supported the Polish decision, adding, "He said he did it, he pled guilty, he went to jail. I don't know what people want from him."<ref>"Roman Polanski's Victim Samantha Geimer Is 'Pleased' the Director Won't Be Extradited, Says She Recovered 'A Long Time Ago'", People magazine, Oct. 31, 2015</ref>

Polanski continued to make films such as The Pianist (2002), a WWII true story drama about Jewish-Polish musician Władysław Szpilman. The film won three Academy Awards including Best Director, along with numerous international awards. He also directed other films, including Oliver Twist (2005), a story which parallels his own life as a "young boy attempting to triumph over adversity".<ref name="Freer" /> In 2009 he received a lifetime-achievement award from the Zurich Film Festival,<ref name="AFP2009-09-27" /> and in 2011 won Best Director at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival for Carnage. He was awarded Best Director for The Ghost Writer (2010) at the 23rd European Film Awards that year but was unable to receive it in person due to his retention by the Swiss authorities.<ref name=winners>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>


Roman Polanski sections
Intro   Early life    Early career in Poland    Film director    Marriages and relationships    Legal history    Filmography    Awards and nominations    References    External links   

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