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Friday, 18 August 2017

Famous Polish People: Roman Polanski

Dearest hearts,

#DidYouKnow that this very day, in 1933 - Paris, France, Roman Polanski was born? I know... he's one controversial human being and when I think of his personal life I feel an overwhelming rage, yet when I think of his professional career... I get all warm and fuzzy! We are all human, some may say, and there is no gentleman that asks a lady for her age, yet I try not to think of these things. I try to tell myself that some people are more drawn than others to the Dark Side. I think Roman Polanski's  life was drawn to the Dark Side since the beginning... when he was 6 he was in the Krakow Ghetto, his wife (pregnant with his child) was murdered by the Manson family in 1969 aaaaand... there's that set of charges due to which he can't enter USA anymore!
Roman Polanski was born in Paris in a Polish-Jewish family. They moved back to Poland in 1937, when he was just 4 years old. Two years later Poland came under German (Nazi) occupation. It must have been a horrific time for him, at such an early stage in his life, to be confronted with death and the ugliness of life. We was expelled from school only a few weeks after he first started - Jews were not allowed to school. It took over 6 years to get him on a school's bench back again. By the time the Second World War ended (in 1945) a fifth of the Polish population had been killed! Of the total of deaths, 3 million were of Polish Jews, which accounted for 90% of the country's Jewish population.
Polanski was in love with movies ever since he was 4-5 years old. Of course he could not see any movies in the ghetto but he remembers well the movies displayed in the market outside the walls. He would watch them over the barbed wire - even if it was just propaganda. After the war he enrolled in the National Film School in Lodz - currently the leading Polish school for actors, regizors, directors... and everything connected to the art of movie making. It is well known and recognised even in Hollywood. 

Without any further ado, I leave you for today to have a look and think at the facts about this controversial human being: 
* Polanski won a best director Oscar for his 2002 Holocaust film "The Pianist," as well as the Cannes film festival's Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) that same year.
* Harrison Ford, who was presenting the Oscar, accepted it on Polanski's behalf because the director could not travel to Los Angeles due to the criminal charge. The audience gave Polanski a standing ovation, and Ford later handed over the golden statuette to Polanski in September at a film festival in Deauville, France.
* Polanski also directed such film classics as "Chinatown," which earned 11 Oscar nominations, "Repulsion," "Tess," and "Rosemary's Baby."
* Polanski later received the Crystal Globe award for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2004.

P.S. I find it refreshing the fact that he has now a family and no other new accusations came to light. He married actress Emmanuelle Seigner - again age was not important, as she was 33 years younger! They have 2 children - a daughter and a son. They speak in Polish at home. 

Yours truly,
The Twisted Red Ladybug That Loves Polish History and Amazing Polish People that Changed the World