Roman/300044 Hardcover – Jan 1984
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I lost my copy of this book years ago and am so glad to have it back. Anyone who admires Polanski's work will love this book. Anyone who questions Polanski's love of life, Sharon, and the World he lives in should read this book. You will understand him in a whole new light. He's amazing. Read this before any other about him. Please!!!!!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Susan Harris - Published on Amazon.com
I review a book in terms of how it affected me. I have no interest in recapping the book or doing a book report as a 'review'. Who doesnt know the ins and outs of the Manson murders and the involvement of Polanski? I couldnt put it down. I felt an intimate connection to the story because of the murders and Helter Skelter and that time standing still sensation of when you first heard about it. What I learned about him touched me so deeply I can remember almost everything about his life all these many years later. Because of this book and this book alone I have come to understand and believe that there are certain individuals that through no fault of their own are so damaged they can never truly park in a legal space or color within the lines and yet shimmering aspect of their mind heart and soul remain and they need to be embraced for the good of mankind not cast into a pit because of acts and events beyond one's control. I now call the Polanskis of the world "rubber room types' ...where they should be housed in gracious and lovely surroundings enabling them to produce their works and live out their sad devastated lives with as much compassion as society can afford. This man never should have been punished for anything. This was a great lesson to learn. Some people are beyond punishing. They have come to use brimming with the worst horrors and punishment the world can mete out and they are walking among us and we must accept this not condemn them for our good and the good of the world. People who expect anything rational from a human who has endured what he has endured even before the butchering of his wife and child are the ones who need punishment. If Polanski has found any happiness or joy in this life it is the greatest example of true redemption anyone can ever hear. I only wish him the best.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By FrizzText - Published on Amazon.com
Roman Polanski, born on august 18, 1933, has written a fascinating autobiography. He is a sinner and a genius, a chaotic man and a passionate, he is a machismo and a vulnerable human being, he overcame the WWII, the Polish ghettos and the Holocaust as a resilient child and he lost his wife Sharon Tate and an unborn child in 1969 by the Manson Group massacre, and on the other hand he overcame (as an adult) a special pattern of machismo-self-destruction (with 13 year old girl accusing him of sexual contact). He had lived a lousy life in Nazi-surpressed Polish ghettos and he had lived with too much pride and arrogance in Hollywood, he was arrested in the United States and nevertheless now he releases movies in Paris (presently married with French actress Emmanuelle Seigner). He is a gifted filmmaker and indeed: a writer, better than any crime-author I know; his book, published in 1984, is not a larmoyant, self-pitiful autobiography alike 1001 others - it is an absorbing story about a personality-mixture-hybrid of a Robin Hood mixed with Mac Beth, an Idi Amin mixed with a Mother Theresa, it is the story of "Roman" P., who started his life 1933 in Paris as "Raymond" P.; the first sentence of his autobiography: "For as far back as I can remember, the line between fantasy and reality has been hopelessly blurred." That became his helping trick to survive some struggles and tragedies, downfalls and comebacks ...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By James J. Varela - Published on Amazon.com
This book is important as it is Polanski on record for his views of the Tate- LaBianca murders and what he feels was the tabloid terror that ensued. He puts to bed the so many myths about the murder victims. Also contains his side of his arrest on the 1978 sex with a minor charges that forced him to flee the United States. This book is a good historical work on his career and personal life, Polanski does not skim over the 1978 unlawful sex with a minor charges he is honest and direct with his view of events. This book was written in 1982 when Polanski's lawyers were trying to get him back the U.S. and have the sex charges dropped to time served so he could resume his career in Hollywood.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By pianoguy87 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you love Roman Polanski's movies, than this book will definately spark your interest. You will get to know Roman in depth and you will have a naturalistic view on his life and how he has led it. He could of been an even bigger celebrity with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame had not what he did with that 13 year old girl. He is banned from coming to the US, he can't even step foot out of France because if he does he wll be extradited back here. It has been over 40 years since that incident, I believe that everyone makes mistakes and that he should be given a pardon and a second chance for coming back here. Besides, even the 13 year old girl he was with now forgives him. We need to see some great pictures again here in the US. We have to many end-of-the-world pictures being made, and also to many sequels as well. It's because Hollywood is running out of ideas, they need someone fresh. Roman Polanski is 79 years old today, he still makes movies but not everyone in the US gets to see them. Bring Roman back and let us bring back the age of movies where there isn't all that computer generated crap. I wan't to see a good old fashioned movie being made, and Polanski is the one to do it. The book was written in the 80's, it's a little outdated but worth the read if your a Polanski fan.