What Scorsese and All the Rest Know About Roman Polanski That Maybe
By Allison Benedikt
If it's weird to you that every filmmaker you've ever liked is taking
Roman Polanski's side in the curent controversy, perhaps it's because
you don't know Polanski like we know Polanski.
Sure, it seems obvious: Polanski***d a kid, Polanski fled the
country, Polanski should pay for his crime. But if all that were true,
why would the world's most prominent filmmakers and artists sign a
petition demanding his release? I'm not just talking cranks like Pedro
Almodovar. Good, stand-up Americans like Wes Anderson and Alexander
Payne are demanding that justice be served by forgetting about all
this*** business. And if you knew Roman Polanski like we know Roman
Polanski, you would surely understand how artistically narrow-minded
it is to treat him like a rapist just because he***d someone.
Maybe you've been reading The Smoking Gun, which has posted the
details of the 1977*** -- and, yes, on the Internet those details
sure seem graphic. But you have to understand: There was no Internet
Use your sense memory, people. It was a different time -- the heady
days of 1970s Hollywood -- and, as the great Stanislavski said in his
seminal work, "Building a Character," there is truth-truth and then
there is artistic-truth.*** is life!
Maybe you don't know that Roman Polanski is a Holocaust survivor. And
that his wife, Sharon Tate, was ***ed by the Manson family. If you
knew that, you would probably feel bad for him, and forgive him for
raping a child. Why DO bad things happen to good people? It's weird.
Maybe you don't know that Roman Polanski is not just a filmmaker, but
a really really good filmmaker. And certainly you don't know that he
was on his way to a film festival when apprehended. And you must not
know that film festivals are historically sacred ground, havens of
pure cinema where people buy and sell everything but their souls
Maybe you aren't aware -- and really, thanks to author Robert Harris
for pointing this out in today's New York Times --that "Mr. Polanski's
own young children, to whom he is a doting father, want him home. " If
you had known that, surely you would have forgiven him by now. If he's
not around to raise his kids, who would prevent them from getting
***d by good people?
Maybe you don't know that Roman has suffered enough. It's actually a
fact! "The real tragedy," confirms Patrick Goldstein in the L.A.
Times, "is that he will always, till his death, be snubbed and stalked
and confronted by people who think the price he has already paid isn't
enough." That is a tragedy. With all that's been going on, I really
have a newfound respect for rapists that get snubbed. That Oscar Roman
got was really ***ing confrontational. *** statue.
Maybe you don't know that there is a movie that proves everything! Not
really about whether or not Roman***d that kid -- because he did so
that's not an open question -- but about how the judge was whack. When
you really think about it, it was that judge that pushed Roman over
the edge into raping that kid. Does that timeline add up? Julian
Schnabel says yes so believe it.
Maybe you don't know that Roman is old. Like, too old to*** more
girls. It's weird how criminals get older and then turn nice, cause
old people are generally really nice I've found. Did you see The
Related: "Amid all the noise," writes Movieline's Stu Van Airsdale,
"no one has yet to really mention the most unthinkable consequence
overshadowing all of this: that Polanski, 76, could die in jail,
either fighting his extradition in Switzerland or withering in a cell
in Los Angeles. Surely that couldn't be justice, could it?" Surely
not! Justice would have been for Roman to have served his time back in
the day, which is why he fled. Aha!
Maybe you don't know that there is this question of Why Now? Why,
after all these years, was Roman Polanski apprehended now? Glenn Beck
has some theories on this, involving the Swiss and NBC and Czar Cass
Sunstein, that will blow your mind.
And finally, maybe you aren't aware that the "victim" Samantha Geimer
is totally over it. She is! So why are you still holding a grudge?
Oprah says that in order to live your best life, you have to forgive
others for***. I really believe that. Rapist, heal thyself.
John M. Rogers
AU Class of 1985
The Al Del Greco of Atlanta
"When I signed with Auburn University in 2007, I didn't sign with coaches.
Tuberville wasn't on my scholarship, Coach (James) Willis wasn't on my
scholarship. Auburn University was on my scholarship... I wouldn't want to
be nowhere else." (Eltoro "The Bull-Free Man" Freeman)