Roman Polanski Biography (1933-)

Born August 18, 1933, in Paris, France; son of Ryszard (a painter and plastics manufacturer) and Bula (maiden name, Katz-Przedborska) Polanski; married Barbara Kwiatkowski Lass (an actress), December, 1959 (divorced, 1961); marriedSharon Tate (an actress), January 20, 1968 (murdered August 9, 1969); married Emmanuelle Seigner (an actress), 1989; children: Morgane, Elvis. Addresses: Agent: Jeff Berg, International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

Nationality
French
Gender
Male
Occupation
Director, producer, writer, actor
Birth Details
August 18, 1933
Paris, France

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Director
  • The Bicycle (also known as The Enchanted Bicycle, Rower, and Zaczarowany rower), 1955
  • Usmiech zebiczny (also known as Teeth Smile), 1957
  • Rozbijemy zabawe (also known as Break Up the Dance), 1957
  • The Crime (also known as A Murderer and Morderstwo),1958
  • Two Men and a Wardrobe (also known as Dwaj ludzie z szafa),1958
  • The Lamp (also known as Lampa), 1959
  • When Angels Fall (also known as When Angels Fall Down... and Gdy spadaja anioly), 1959
  • (And editor) The Fat and the Lean (also known as and Les gros et la maigre and Gruby i chudy), 1961
  • Knife in the Water (also known as Knight without Armor andNoz w wodzie), Kanawha Films, 1962
  • "Amsterdam," The Beautiful Swindlers (also known as The World'sGreatest Swindlers, World's Greatest Swindles, The World's Most Beautiful Swindlers, Les plus belles escroqueries du mond, Piu belle truffe del mondo, and De Wereld wil bedrogen worden), Ellis, 1964
  • Mammals (also known as Ssaki), 1964
  • Repulsion, Royal, 1965
  • Cul-de-sac, Filmways, 1966
  • The Fearless Vampire Killers (also known as Dance of the Vampires and Fearless Vampire Killers: Pardon Me but Your Teeth Are in My Neck), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1967
  • Rosemary's Baby, Paramount, 1968
  • Macbeth, Caliban Films, 1971
  • (And editor) What? (also known as Che?, Diary of Forbidden Dreams, Quoi?, and Was?), Production Aristique Cinematographiques, 1973
  • Chinatown, Paramount, 1974
  • The Tenant (also known as Le locataire), Paramount, 1976
  • Tess, Columbia, 1980
  • Pirates, Cannon, 1984
  • Frantic, Warner Bros., 1988
  • Bitter Moon (also known as Lunes de fiel), 1992
  • Death and the Maiden (also known as La jeune fille et la mort), Fine Line, 1994
  • The Ninth Gate (also known as La neuvieme porte and La novena puerta), Lions Gate Films, 1999, Artisan Entertainment, 2000
  • The Pianist (also known as Der Pianist and Le pianiste), Focus Features, 2002
  • Film Producer
  • (With others) G. G. Passion, 1966
  • A Day at the Beach, Paramount, 1969
  • (With Andrew Braunsberg) Macbeth, Caliban Films, 1971
  • Weekend of a Champion (also known as Afternoon of a Championship), 1972
  • Bitter Moon (also known as Lunes de fiel), 1992
  • Castelnuovo, Castelnuovo Corp., 1999
  • The Ninth Gate (also known as La neuvieme porte and La novena puerta), Lions Gate Films, 1999, Artisan Entertainment, 2000
  • The Pianist (also known as Der Pianist and Le pianiste), Focus Features, 2002
  • Film Appearances
  • Maly, "Jacek," Trzy opowiesci (also known as Three Stories), 1953
  • Mundek, Pokolenie (also known as A Generation), 1954
  • Adas, The Bicycle (also known as The Enchanted Bicycle, Rower, and Zaczarowany rower), 1955
  • Maly, Koniec wojny (also known as End of the Night and Koniec nocy), 1956
  • Kanal (also known as Canal and They Loved Life), 1957
  • Wraki (also known as The Wrecks), 1957
  • Zaadzwoncie do mojej zony (also known as Phone My Wife), 1958
  • Bad boy, Two Men and a Wardrobe (also known as Dwaj ludzie z szafa), 1958
  • Old woman, When Angels Fall (also known as When Angels Fall Down... and Gdy spadaja anioly), 1959
  • Musician, Lotna, Pol-Ton, 1959
  • Dudzio (some sources cite Polo), Niewinni czarodzieje (also knownas Innocent Sorcerers), 1960
  • Jola's tutor, Zezowate szczescie (also known as Bad Luck),1960
  • Romek, Do widzenia, do jutra (also known as Good Bye, Till Tomorrow and See You Tomorrow), 1960
  • Ostroznie yeti (also known as The Abominable Snowman), 1960
  • The lean servant, The Fat and the Lean (also known as Les groset le maigre and Gruby i chudy), 1961
  • Samson, 1961
  • Mammals (also known as Ssaki), 1964
  • Spoons player, Repulsion, Royal, 1965
  • Alfred, The Fearless Vampire Killers (also known as Dance of the Vampires and Fearless Vampire Killers; Pardon Me but Your Teeth Arein My Neck), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1967
  • Man watching cabaret, The Magic Christian, Commonwealth, 1970
  • Himself, Ciao, Federico!, 1970
  • Interviewer, Weekend of a Champion (also known as Afternoon ofa Champion), 1972
  • Zanzara (Mosquito), What? (also known as Che?, Diary ofForbidden Dreams, Quois?, and Was?), Production Aristique Cinematographiques, 1973
  • Man with knife, Chinatown, Paramount, 1974
  • Villager in tavern, Blood for Dracula (also known as Andy Warhol's Dracula, Andy Warhol's Young Dracula, Dracula, YoungDracula, Dracula cerca sangue di vergine ... e mori di sete, Dracula vuole vivere: cerca sangue di vergine!, and Du sang pour Dracula), 1974
  • Narrator, The Evolution of Snuff (also known as Confessions ofa Blue Movie Star), 1976
  • Trelkovsky, The Tenant (also known as Le locataire), Paramount, 1976
  • Chasse-croise, 1982
  • L'envers du decor: Portrait de Pierre Guffroy (also known as Behind the Scenes: A Portrait of Pierre Guffroy), 1991
  • Kurilov, Back in the U.S.S.R., 1992
  • Himself (in archive footage), Hugh Hefner: Once upon a Time, 1992
  • Inspector, Una pura formalita (also known as A Pure Formality and Une pure formalite), Roissy, 1994
  • Himself, Grosse fatigue (also known as Dead Tired and High Stress), Gaumont/Buena Vista International, 1994
  • Himself (in archive footage), The Story of X, Playboy Home Video/Universal Music and Video Distribution, 1998
  • Himself, Ljuset haaler mig saellskap (also known as Light KeepsMe Company), First Run Features, 2000
  • Hommage a Alfred Lepetit (also known as Tribute to Alfred Lepetit), Les Films du Jeudi, 2000
  • Himself (in archive footage), The Kid Stays in the Picture, FocusFeatures/USA Films, 2002
  • Papkin, Zemsta (also known as The Revenge), Vision Film Distribution, 2002
  • Stage Director
  • Lulu (opera), Spoleto Festival, Italy, 1974
  • Rigoletto (opera), Spoleto Festival, 1976
  • Amadeus, Warsaw, Poland, 1981, then Paris, 1982
  • Tales of Hoffman, 1996-1997
  • Master Class, Paris, 1996-1997
  • Tanz der Vampire (musical adaptation of The Fearless Vampire Killers), Vienna, Austria, 1997
  • Stage Appearances
  • Amadeus, Warsaw, Poland, 1981, then Paris, 1982
  • The Metamorphosis, Paris, 1988
  • Also appeared in Son of the Regiment.
  • Television Appearances
  • Specials
  • Empire of the Censors, 1995
  • (In archive footage) The Last Days of Sharon Tate: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 1999
  • Intimate Portrait: Mia Farrow, Lifetime, 1999
  • Roman Polanski: Reflections of Darkness, Arts and Entertainment, 2000
  • Episodic
  • Playboy after Dark, 1969
  • Himself, Sen kvaell med Luuk, 1998
  • Radio Appearances
  • Appeared on The Merry Gang.
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • Director of the music video "Gli Angeli" by Vasco Rossi, 1996.
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • The Bicycle (also known as The Enchanted Bicycle, Rower, and Zaczarowany rower), 1955
  • Usmiech zebiczny (also known as Teeth Smile), 1957
  • Rozbijemy zabawe (also known as Break Up the Dance), 1957
  • The Crime (also known as A Murderer and Morderstwo),1958
  • Two Men and a Wardrobe (also known as Dwaj ludzie z szafa),1958
  • (With others) The Lamp (also known as Lampa), 1959
  • When Angels Fall (also known as When Angels Fall Down... and Gdy spadaja anioly), 1959
  • The Fat and the Lean (also known as Les gros et la maigre and Gruby i chudy), 1961
  • (With Jerzy Skolimowski and Jakub Goldberg) Knife in the Water (also known as Knight without Armor and Noz w wodzie), Kanawha Films, 1962
  • (With Gerard Brach) "Amsterdam," The Beautiful Swindlers (also known as The World's Greatest Swindlers, World's Greatest Swindles, The World's Most Beautiful Swindlers, Les plus belles escroqueries du mond, Piu belle truffe del mondo, and De Wereld wil bedrogen worden), Ellis, 1964
  • Mammals (also known as Ssaki), 1964
  • (With Brach and David Stone) Repulsion, Royal, 1965
  • (With Brach) Cul-de-sac, Filmways, 1966
  • (With Brach and Jean Leon) A Taste for Women (also known as DoYou Like Women? and Aimez-vous les femmes?), Comet, 1966
  • (With Brach) The Fearless Vampire Killers (also known as Danceof the Vampires and Fearless Vampire Killers: Pardon Me but Your TeethAre in My Neck), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1967
  • Rosemary's Baby, Paramount, 1968
  • (With others) La fille d'en face (also known as The Girl acrossthe Way and The Woman Opposite), 1968
  • A Day at the Beach, Paramount, 1969
  • (With Brach) "La riviere de diamants," Cinema Different 3, 1970
  • (With Kenneth Tynan) Macbeth, Caliban Films, 1971
  • Le bateau sur l'herbe (also known as The Boat on the Grass), 1971
  • (With Brach) What? (also known as Che?, Diary of Forbidden Dreams, Quoi?, and Was?), Production Aristique Cinematographiques, 1973
  • Chinatown, Paramount, 1974
  • (With Brach) The Tenant (also known as Le locataire), Paramount, 1976
  • Tess (based on the novel Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy), Columbia, 1980
  • (With Brach and John Brownjohn) Pirates, Cannon, 1984
  • (With Brach) Frantic, Warner Bros., 1988
  • (With Brach and Brownjohn) Bitter Moon (also known as Lunes defiel), 1992
  • The Ninth Gate (also known as La neuvieme porte and La novena puerta), 1999
  • Other
  • Three Films (contains Cul-de-sac, Knife in the Water, and Repulsion), Harper (New York City), 1975
  • Roman by Polanski (autobiography), Morrow (New York City), 1984
  • (With Esther Williams) Depoimento, Museu da Imagem e do Som do Riode Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), 1991
  • (With others) Angelin Preljocaj, A. Colin (Paris), 1992
  • Guest editor of French edition, Vogue, 1976.

Further Reference

ADAPTATIONS

  • The screenplay The Fearless Vampire Killers was adapted for the stage by Michael Crawford and produced on Broadway as Vampires, 2002.
OTHER SOURCES
    Books
    • Bisplinghoff, Gretchen, and Virginia Wexman, Roman Polanski, G. K.Hall, 1979
    • Butler, Ivan, The Cinema of Roman Polanski, A. S. Barnes (New YorkCity), 1970
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 2: Directors, St. James Press, 1996
    • Kiernan, Thomas, The Roman Polanski Story, Delilah (New York City), 1980
    • Leaming, Barbara, Polanski: A Biography, Simon & Schuster (NewYork City), 1981
    • Polanski, Roman, Roman by Polanski, Morrow (New York City), 1984
    • Wexman, Virginia, Roman Polanski, Twayne, 1985
    Periodicals
    • American Film, April, 1991, pp. 38-39, 46-47
    • Entertainment Weekly, March 27, 1998, p. 45
    • Los Angeles Magazine, January, 1995, p. 90
    • New York Times, May 25, 2002, pp. B7, B12
    • People Weekly, December 15, 1997, p. 155
    • Time, October 13, 1997, p. 103

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