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Fri, Aug 16, 2013 - Sun, Aug 18, 2013
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DREAD AND DESIRE: ROMAN POLANSKI AT 80

August 16 – 18, 2013, at the Egyptian Theatre

Roman Polanski’s childhood was as tragic as it gets; born in Paris to Polish parents, he moved to Krakow in 1936 - three years before the Nazis invaded Poland. Forced into the city’s Jewish ghetto, his parents deported to concentration camps, Polanski survived under an assumed identity. Perhaps the brutality he witnessed in the real world drew him closer to the imagined world of the movies, and after the war he attended the National Film School in Łódź, where his talent grew increasingly evident with a series of short films in the 1950s.

Beginning in the 1960s, Polanski graduated to features and turned out a seemingly unstoppable series of brilliantly paranoid dramas, thrillers and blacker-than-black comedies, including KNIFE IN THE WATER, REPULSION, CUL-DE-SAC and the occult thriller ROSEMARY’S BABY. That box office hit, Polanski’s first American-made film, put the director on studio A-lists.

After a period of grief mourning the loss of wife Sharon Tate to a brutal murder by the Manson Family, the director continued to create strikingly original work in the 1970s, including the epochal L.A. noir CHINATOWN and THE TENANT (which features Polanski in a leading role). That decade also brought a much-publicized absence from the United States due to ongoing legal issues. Amid controversy and rebuke of his personal life, Polanski as a filmmaker weathered the tastes of a changing public with nimble intelligence in such works as TESS and FRANTIC.

The new millennium has proven to be a time of creative success for Polanski with his Oscar-winning THE PIANIST in 2002 and more recent efforts CARNAGE and the upcoming VENUS IN FUR. Join us for a retrospective of the durable director - who turns 80 this month - with some of his most visionary films of the past.

Series compiled by Grant Moninger.

Egyptian TheatreFri, Aug 16, 2013 - Sun, Aug 18, 2013
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Films in this Series at the Egyptian

Fri, Aug 16, 2013 - 7:30pm
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Sat, Aug 17, 2013 - 7:30pm
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Sun, Aug 18, 2013 - 7:30pm
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