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Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired 

Directed by Marina Zenovich (Paradox)

Scandal- and tragedy-plagued director Roman Polanski is an ideal documentary subject: He's a Holocaust survivor; his actress wife was killed in the Manson Family massacre; he directed Rosemary's Baby and Chinatown; and he won an Oscar in 2003 for The Pianist. Oh, and he couldn't accept that Oscar in person, because he pled guilty to "unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor" back in 1978 (then 44, he possibly drugged and definitely had sex with a 13-year-old at Jack Nicholson's house), fleeing to France before sentencing, which means his punishment's still pending if he re-enters the US.

Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, a doc that focuses mainly on the director's legal troubles and shabby treatment by the press and one impartial, publicity-hungry judge, is enormously compelling; both Polanski's defense attorney and his prosecutor agree his case was grossly mishandled, and even his victim is ready to forgive and forget. But since director Marina Zenovich is mainly interested in telling the fascinating, unheard tale of Polanski's power-tripping judge, she gives Polanski's own culpability disappointing short shrift---judicial unfairness aside, the man did have sex with a 13-year-old and skip the country.

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