39. Roman Polanski

ROMAN POLANSKICHINATOWN, ROSEMARY’S BABY, THE PIANIST, REPULSIONMany consider an artist’s work to be a window into his soul.  This has never been more true than with Roman Polanski.  His has been a life of tragedy, paranoia, and regret, and it comes through in his films.  His characters inhabit a world of loneliness and melancholy, where trust is a virtue that they just can’t afford.  Surrounded on all sides by enemies and traitors, Polanski’s protagonists have only themselves to rely on.  To many of them, this is the most horrifying prospect of all.  Seldom has a director been so intentional, and so adept, at putting us inside his own tortured mind.
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