In 2003, while promoting Kill Bill, Quentin Tarantino appeared on Howard Stern’s radio show, where he effectively blamed Roman Polanski rape victim Samantha Geimer by stating that she “wanted to have it” with the exiled Polish director. After the audio resurfaced this week, Geimer issued an official (and fairly compassionate) response, in which she called Tarantino’s remarks “obviously incorrect.” And it didn’t take long for Tarantino to issue an official statement of his own, formally apologizing to Geimer for his upsetting comments.
In an extensive interview published last night, Quentin Tarantino addressed Uma Thurman’s allegations against Harvey Weinstein, while explaining — in exhaustive detail — his recollection of the car crash involving his longtime friend and muse on the set of Kill Bill. Tarantino is making headlines for yet another unfortunate reason this afternoon — one that’s relevant to both his part in Hollywood’s reckoning with violent misogyny, as well as his upcoming film.
These days, Roman Polanski can’t go to the store for a loaf of bread without causing a controversy, but that’s what happens when you’re an internationally notorious sex offender exploiting legal loopholes to escape legal consequences for reprehensible actions. Since things heated up in America for the convicted child rapist, he‘s been cooling his heels in France, still making the occasional film as he attempts to stay out of the public eye. He raised quite a ruckus when he agreed to serve as the President of this year’s César Awards, the French equivalent of the Oscars. Now, the backlash has caught up with him.
Roman Polanski created a manic adaptation of 'Venus in Fur' in translating David Ives' acclaimed stage play to French and casting wife Emmanuelle Seigner alongside Mathieu Amalric. It's a verbose production that does more than merely meditate on gender dynamics; it explicitly and gleefully deconstructs them, if you can keep up with tantalizingly swift banter between its two stars.
Though Roman Polanski has set his sights on 'D,' which tells the true-life story behind the Dreyfuss affair, the filmmaker has alrady found another project to work on -- an adaptation of the sexy, darkly comic Off-Broadway play 'Venus in Fur.'
Perhaps the threat of being sent back to America has reinvigorated Roman Polanski, as he's now setting up his next film 'D.' The film would tell the true life story of the Dreyfuss affair, where a man was wrongly imprisoned for twelve years for trading secrets, while the man who thought he was framed - and eventually freed him - was also charged with crimes he didn't commit.