Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Controversial Director Roman Polanski, 87, Will Make a New Movie for Italian Film Company: Will Mia Farrow Star in It?


Roman Polanski is certainly indefatigable.

The 87 year old director cannot be stopped from making new films even with all the controversy surrounding him.

Now there are reports he will direct “The Palace,” with an ensemble cast set in a Swiss hotel. The movie will have to shoot in France, and it’s being funded by Italian company RAI.

No  doubt the cast will include his wife, actress Emmanuelle Seigner. But it could also include Mia Farrow, who flew to the UK and defended him in a libel suit back in 2005.

Farrow didn’t care about Polanski’s checkered history and charges of statutory rape. He directed her in “Rosemary’s Baby” in the Sixties, so all that nasty legal stuff didn’t count.

We’ve never seen “An Officer and A Spy,” Polanski’s last movie, because no American distributor would take it. It’s in French and stars Jean DuJardin. I wish someone would release it here with subtitles! It was also produced by RAI.

It will be interesting to see which actors do star in “The Palace.” Polanski is a great filmmaker despite all the other trouble.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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