Sunday, November 8, 2009

Actress Withdrawls Name from Polanski Petition Plus Vintage RS Article

The news for Roman just seems to get worse, unfortunately.  It does not appear that his current problems are going to go away any time soon.  Here is an article talking about petitions and what kind of response they are getting:

Also, I found a lengthy article and interview with Roman done by Rolling Stone for July 18, 1974.  Mainly, it talks about the making of 'Chinatown' but it also mentions Sharon.

The article is called "The Restoration of Roman Polanski" by Tom Burke.

There is an odd paragraph where Polanski says: "Changing a series of shots can also ruin a picture, for example there is my 'The Fearless Vampire Killers', made in Europe, but a man called Gene Gutowski was producer and he convinced me that he should be in charge of the final cut for the U. S. audience because he knows U. S. audiences.  Okay, so I trust him and he takes my movie away, cuts 20 minutes from it, redubs it and changes it and changes music around, then adds a little cartoon at the beginning to explain what it's about because now, after the cuts, nobody understands it anymore!  My version has played almost constantly in Europe, since it opened some seven years ago!  His version, which plays here, is a disaster, I tell you it made more money in Formosa than it has ever made in the U.S. and Canada put together!  They show it here (in America) on television all the time, I get the shakes it is so bad, but it is out of my control."

He goes on to say that is why he and producer Bob Evans make sure they get final cut approval for "Chinatown."  My question is: wasn't it Martin Ransohoff that did this to Polanski's 'Vampire Killers?'  I always thought Polanski and Gutowski were great friends?  Polanski's own autobiography supports this.  The only thing I can think of is that the interviewer got the names confused somehow?

Evans mentions how hard it was after Sharon's death saying: "We'd gotten close.  He is 'not' an easy person, as I suppose you know now (after interviewing him)--very difficult to crack, but once you do, there is no man or filmmaker like him.  We've been through a helluvalot together.  Jesus, my marriage (and breakup); and the post funeral of Sharon was here at this house, meaning that everyone came back here afterward.    Roman stayed with me here the for a good while; it was a horrendous time."

At one point during the interview session with Polanski, the reporter asks him about his late wife.  "We'll talk about it," he says.  "But not today.  It is too nice out."

Later, when he does talk about Sharon this is what he says: "Meeting Sharon?  When I hired her for 'The Fearless Vampire Killers', of course.  We got married in 1968.  By the summer of '69 she was very pregnant and I was very busy, working on a film script in London.  It seemed best she went back to the house we rented in LA and I could stay on and finish the film and get back to LA as soon as I could.  Everyday we would talk on the phone.  When it rang one day, I thought it was her but it was my agent in LA.  He was crying.  My reaction first was, naturally, no reaction, stunned disbelief, I suppose you call it.  Friends came to me quickly, I think we went out for a long walk, they called a doctor who gave me something, a shot and I slept.  Then I took a plane to LA. You must understand, there is much which now I cannot recall, which I have blocked out of recollection.  After the funeral, I stayed on in LA because I had the ludicrous notion that finding the murderer would somehow ease my grief.  I worked very close with the police for a long time, who, I have got to tell you, were quite human and wonderful.  I had no idea cops could be like this.  Sharon's parents worked with them too.  Yes, I am still in touch with the Tates, naturally.  What a question!  I don't think this is known: that just before the police found Manson and all of them, I offered a reward, $20,000 for public information leading to the arrest of the killers.  It wasn't collected, no.  As soon as the police discovered Manson, I get the hell out of LA immediately, I could take no more, there was no more point to staying.  I had begun then to accept Sharon's death, which I'd never really done before, which is really all that matters to me about it all anymore, that she is gone.  The worst started: I went to Switzerland and tried to ski and become very jet-set, the idea of work was impossible.  Everybody kept saying to me, get to work immediately.  Idiotic.  Only Stanley Kubrick understood, he told me, 'You cannot and must not work now.' "

The reporter then writes: "It is clear he wishes to get up, to pace the room, break it up perhaps. but he remains quietly seated and purposefully motionless."

Roman goes on to say: "See I attempted for awhile there, before starting 'Macbeth', to become a hedonist, as the papers said we all were.  Jesus, I hated the press for a long time after it, because, I swear this, although I already knew how the press exaggerates, especially in sensational matters, I could not believe what was being printed about Sharon!  My God, 'The Sharon Tate Orgies.'  Interviews given by people that Sharon and I never met!  I swear I could not find one word of truth in any story printed about us anywhere, and I would not and could not lie about this fact!  If there had been anything to any of that shit, I would admit it to you now.  My God, it was, is, unbelievable.  The murder was all a horrible mistake, you know.  Manson's people were after somebody else entirely, who'd been renting the house before us!  What was actually going on there was this: Gibby Folger and Voyteck were staying in the house to keep Sharon company, we'd agreed on this, they were good friends and the place was big and it seemed a good idea since she was eight and half months pregnant.  Gibby was working very hard as a social worker, getting up at dawn everyday to go to work in Watts and studying speed-reading at night.  I was planning a film involving dolphins--'The Day of the Dolphin'--and Voyteck wanted very much to work in movies and was devoting lots of time to research on dolphins for me.  Jay Sebring was another friend who came up often, but never stayed all night one night at the house.  I was dying to finish work and get there; the last time I talked to Sharon, only hours before her murder, I told her I'd get there the following Monday even if work wasn't finished.  Things had been so perfect between us: we'd had some nice times in that LA house.  Sharon would cook dinner for friends and after we'd all sit outside and look at the sky, the constellations, and talk about everything.  Just quiet, pleasant evenings.  Sharon and I would make plans, we had a wonderful future extensively mapped ..."

The reporter closes this part of the interview adding: "Still he sits perfectly calm, though his eyes are such that it is uncomfortable to meet them."

It makes you wonder what all they talked about and planned?  A life together, possibly more children, making 'Tess' and the western and science fiction film we have recently heard about from other articles here?  Such a shame we will never know?  Although I am glad to see him with Emanuelle and their children together now, perhaps Polanski would not being having any of his current problems if Sharon had lived?

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