Sharon Tate

Roman Polanski A Film Memoir

Roman Polanski has more than one story to tell. In a lifetime dedicated to storytelling, it is ironic that his own life experiences have been the stuff that good Hollywood films tend to made of. No doubt much will be made of the fact that the Memoir was filmed while Polanski was under house arrest in Switzerland, and indeed the film takes the controversial “American problems” as the director himself refers to them here as the starting point but the documentary is a good deal more than an opportunity to clear the director’s name. Instead it tells the story of his entire life, in which Samantha Geimer is merely one chapter, and – most enticingly for film fans – in Polanski’s own words (and occasionally those of “host” Andrew Braunsberg). Rather than opt for a narrative-type documentary, director Laurent Bouzereau opts instead for a feature length interview with his subject, presided over by Polanski’s friend and production colleague Braunsberg in the inquisitor’s seat, inter-lacing personal photographs with stock historical footage and sequences taken directly from Polanski’s films. In honesty, these visual ornaments are only brief distractions, and for the main part the film allows Polanski to merely tell his own story, which was a good decision given his story-telling abilities and his natural charm.



Any news about Lindsay Lohan being cast or being sought out comes with the common sense disclaimer that she’d be incredibly difficult to get an insurance bond for (in any leading role especially). Now, this particular news story comes with the further disclaimer that it’s a fashion photographer (see image) requesting Lohan for the role for his first feature film that’s so under the radar that it doesn’t seem to exist. Please read the full report over at EW, because it reads like a surreal conversation between two friends, each telling one another at a sleepover that they should totally make that movie. Only, both friends are played by the same person: Tyler Shields. This thing, a movie about Charles Manson killing Sharon Tate, could be fully financed and ready to roll, but this particular announcement (coupled with a complete lack of any other information on the flick) makes it seem like a guy wants to cast his friend in a movie that will never get made. The title of which is Eyes of a Dreamer – which, fortunately for the humor quotient here, happens to also be the name of a 1970s softcore porn made by a director named Mr. Mustard. It just so happens that, in this case, both people are famous, so the story has a minutia of credibility. Of course, I’ll be proven wrong as soon as cameras start rolling (and even if they don’t, I don’t want to make light of the insane difficulty inherent […]

Twitter button
Facebook button
Google+ button
RSS feed

published: 01.28.2015
published: 01.28.2015
published: 01.28.2015
published: 01.27.2015

Some movie websites serve the consumer. Some serve the industry. At Film School Rejects, we serve at the pleasure of the connoisseur. We provide the best reviews, interviews and features to millions of dedicated movie fans who know what they love and love what they know. Because we, like you, simply love the art of the moving picture.
Fantastic Fest 2014
6 Filmmaking Tips: James Gunn
Got a Tip? Send it here:
Neil Miller
Managing Editor:
Scott Beggs
Associate Editors:
Rob Hunter
Kate Erbland
Christopher Campbell
All Rights Reserved © 2006-2014 Reject Media, LLC | Privacy Policy | Design & Development by Face3