Current & Upcoming Films
ROMAN POLANSKI: LIVE AT THE ROXIE + Roman Polanski Retrospective
Friday, April 5 - Sunday, April 7
ROMAN POLANSKI AT THE ROXIE THEATER LIVE VIA SKYPE HOOK-UP IN CONVERSATION WITH IN-THEATER GUEST THOM MOUNT - In conjunction with a Roman Polanski Retrospective.
A RECORDING OF THE INTERVIEW WILL BE REPEATED:
before the 7:00PM show of CHINATOWN,
Before the 3:45 show of DEATH & THE MAIDEN and
Before the 8:30 show of ROSEMARY'S BABY
Tickets on sale NOW!
Robert Towne will NOT be in attendance, as previously announced. Our Apologies.
You're not imagining this, it's actually happening at San Francisco's Roxie Theater on Saturday, April 6. After months of planning and hoping we have been able to officially secure the involvement of Roman Polanski, brilliant award-winning film director and legendary movie producer Thom Mount for what can only be described as a once-in-a-lifetime event. Polanski's 1974 film CHINATOWN will screen immediately before the in-theater conversation takes place. Mr. Polanski, currently editing his latest film in Paris, will have his image transmitted onto the big Roxie screen in this LIVE conversation with Thom Mount, who will be seated in front of a lap-top at the front of the theater. From Mr. Polanski's editing suite, he will be able to see the LIVE Roxie crowd!
All of Polanski's films in the retrospective are 35mm prints!!!
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FRIDAY, APRIL 5
This early exploration of madness has become one of the director's signature works. An unstable young woman, left alone in her Parisian apartment, begins to experience the gradual deterioration of her sanity. Rarely has the depiction of encroaching madness carried such enormously moving impact. A stunning tour-de-force for all involved. Starring Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry, John Fraser. Yvonne Furneaux. Written by Roman Polanski and Gerard Brach. Directed by Roman Polanski. In Black & White. NEWLY RESTORED 35mm ARCHIVE PRINT! 105 mins. 1965. FRIDAY at 6:15 and 11:00.
One of the director's most disturbing psychological films, incorporating themes of loneliness and purposelessness into a terrifying tapestry of fear and paranoia. When a timid bureaucrat assumes the apartment once occupied by a suicide victim, unusual things begin to formulate in his mind, catapulting him into the always untidy world of madness. Starring Roman Polanski, Isabelle Adjani, Melvyn Douglas, Jo Van Fleet. Written by Roman Polanksi and Gerard Brach. Directed by Roman Polanksi. In Color. Studio Archive 35mm Print! 126 mins. 1976. FRIDAY at 8:30 only.
SATURDAY, APRIL 6
CHINATOWN & LIVE SKYPE TELEPHONE HOOK-UP WITH ROMAN POLANSKI
In 1938 Los Angeles, a private detective is dragged into the unsavory details surrounding the murder of the the city's head of the Water Department. What appears to be an uncomplicated murder winds up sealing the doom of a handful of innocent people. Seldom has the element of evil been so meticulously explored as in this timeless and brilliant film. Starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston. Written by Robert Towne. Produced by Robert Evans. Directed by Roman Polanski. In Color. Studio Archive 35mm Print! 130 mins. 1974. SATURDAY at 12:30 and 7:00
OUR LIVE SKYPE TELEPHONE HOOK-UP WITH ROMAN POLANSKI FROM PARIS WILL TAKE PLACE at 3:00 pm following the first showing of CHINATOWN. Mr. Polanski will be in conversation with legendary film producer Thom Mount (FRANTIC, DEATH AND THE MAIDEN) who will be appearing in person at the theater. Robert Towne, originally scheduled to participate, will not be doing so.
An American doctor, on vacation in Paris with his wife, awakes one morning to the terrifying reality that she's been kidnapped. Making matters worse is his inability to communicate effectively with the French police, turning the entire situation into a nightmarish journey, hurtling him headlong into a world of intrigue, gangsters, drugs, and murder! A modern masterpiece of terror! Starring Harrison Ford, Betty Buckley, Emmanuelle Seigner. Produced by Thom Mount. Written by Roman Polanski, Gerard Brach, and (uncredited) Robert Towne. Directed by Roman Polanski. In Color. Studio Archive 35mm Print! 120 mins. SATURDAY at 4:15 and 10pm. THE 4:15 SHOW WILL BE INTRODUCED BY THOM MOUNT.
SUNDAY, APRIL 7
One of the true, undisputed classics of horror cinema. A young pregnant woman comes to slowly realize that the baby she is carrying is the product of a bizarre satanic plot. Visually dynamic, with the eerie sensation that something horrible is likely to happen at any moment, it remains in the memory eternally. From Ira Levin's best-selling novel. Starring Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer, Ralph Bellamy. Produced by William Castle. Written and directed by Roman Polanksi. In Color. Studio Archive 35mm Print! 136 mins. 1968. 1:00 & 8:30pm
DEATH & THE MAIDEN
Paulina, a South American woman who had been psychologically tortured and raped years earlier by her country's fascist regime is unexpectedly brought together with the man she believes responsible for her misery. After taking him captive she is confronted by the horrific and painful memories of her past, but just what will it mean to those involved? A masterpiece of psychological tension. Starring Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, Stuart Wilson. Screenplay by Rafael Yglesias and Ariel Dorfman. Produced by Thom Mount and Josh Kramer. Directed by Roman Polanski. In Color. Studio Archive 35mm Print! 103 mins. 1994. 3:45
ROMAN POLANSKI: ODD MAN OUT
Filmmaker Marina Zenovich IN PERSON! What happens when an award-winning documentary intended to highlight a legal injustice comes back to haunt its maker? In 2008, director Marina Zenovich’s Emmy Award®–winning film Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired brought a radical new understanding to the circumstances surrounding Roman Polanski’s 1977 statutory rape case. Interviewing key participants from both the prosecution and the defense, Zenovich detailed how Polanski couldn’t get a fair trial, prompting him to flee the United States. Even Polanski’s victim, Samantha Geimer, said he was treated unjustly and deserved to have the case dismissed. But these views didn’t stop others from vilifying Polanski. The film’s notoriety seemed to make him even more "wanted and desired" by the authorities.
When Polanski was arrested in Switzerland in 2009 and threatened with extradition to the United States, Zenovich felt she was partly to blame. Her new film Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out revisits this endlessly controversial case from several new angles. What possessed the Swiss government to arrest Polanski? For years, he had vacationed in Switzerland and even bought a home there. Was the Swiss government trying to distract attention from an American investigation into its banks? Was the Los Angeles District Attorney grandstanding for his own political ambitions? How far had Zenovich’s own work as a filmmaker unwittingly contributed to Polanski’s arrest?
Zenovich applies her insider’s knowledge and dogged research to the process of investigating what took place in Switzerland. (The subtitle Odd Man Out refers to the 1947 fugitive drama that Polanski has cited as a favourite.) Whether or not you’ve seen her previous film, this work stands on its own as a shrewd commentary on the collision of life and cinematic art. When it comes to Polanski’s case, opinions have always been more prevalent than facts. An esteemed journalist is caught in an unguarded moment saying, "just take him out and shoot him." But Zenovich unearths fresh perspectives and new questions. The film leads us to think about broader questions of legal manipulation, media distortion, and power politics. No matter how much you think you understand this case, you have a lot to learn. - Thom Powers, Toronto Int'l Film Festival. Directed by Marina Zenovich. Written by P.G. Morgan, Chris A. Peterson & Marina Zenovich. 2012, Digital, Running time: 88 mins. 6:15pm