Essential introductions to the work of the world’s greatest directors
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Roman Polanski (born 1933) is a French–Polish film director,
producer, writer and actor, who stands as one of the most influential
directors living today.
A truly international filmmaker, Polanski has received numerous awards, including the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and five Oscar nominations.
Polanski has tackled many genres, including the horror film (Rosemary's Baby, 1968), film noir (Chinatown, 1974), historical drama (Tess, 1979), and, more recently, the war film The Pianist (2002), about the holocaust, and the thriller The Ghost Writer (2010).
Polanski has also directed some of the most talented actresses of our time, including Catherine Deneuve, Mia Farrow and Kate Winslet.
Polanski's films are dominated by a sense of claustrophobia and deal with the existential themes of loneliness, fear and uneasiness.
Size: 240 x 195 mm (9 1/2 x 7 5/8 in)
Pages: 104 pp
Illustrations: 100 illustrations
David Ehrenstein is a film critic based in Los Angeles. He has regularly contributed to many magazines, including Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, Rolling Stone, Positif, and Sight & Sound.
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