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Roman Polanski: Auteur of his own misfortune

In 1977 Polanski was lionized for films dwelling on the erotic and grotesque, but the next year when a photo shoot with a girl, 13, crossed the line, he found himself facing jail. On February 1, 1978, just before sentencing, Polanski fled, becoming an international fugitive and ensuring that the case would dog him forever.

Roman Polanski Gives Rare Interview

The director speaks to Vanity Fair about his years before his 2009 Swiss arrest, the years since, and feeling blamed by the public for the murder of wife Sharon Tate.

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