Roman Polanski: The Movie?1 Oct, 2009 By: Thomas K. Arnold
A controversial biopic on director Roman Polanski is being released on DVD to retail stores around the country on Oct. 20.
Damian Chapa, who directed, wrote and stars in Polanski Unauthorized ($25), says the film was initially distributed only to Wal-Mart and various Web sites through Terra Entertainment. But recently, Chapa said, he decided to expand distribution to other retailers through Victory Multimedia—just before the controversy hit over Polanski’s arrest on a 32-year-old sex charge.
“It was coincidental,” says Chapa, whose Amadeus Pictures produced the film in early 2008 and gave it a limited theatrical release.
The film casts a cynical eye on Polanski and explores in detail his life, from his early years in war-torn Poland to the 1969 murder of his wife, Sharon Tate, and his exile from the United States in 1977 after he pled guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old girl.