Roman Polański

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It's easy to direct while acting—there’s one less person to argue with.

Roman Polański (born 18 August 1933) is a Polish/French film director and actor; he was the husband of Sharon Tate prior to her murder.

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There are less and less independent producers or independent companies and an increasing number of corporations who are more interested in balance sheets than in artistic achievement … Even young directors — for most of them, their only standard of achievement is how well their films do on the first weekend or whatever. It worries me.
If you continue to hate, you are entering into the same philosophy that began the war. You have to look forward at people and new times.
  • It's weird. I always had the premonition that Sharon belonged to me just for a little while.
    • On his murdered wife, Sharon Tate, in an interview in Telecran magazine (25 January 1970)
  • She was the least hypocritical woman you could ever meet: once, when an executive told her that we should ask for single cabins in the transatlantic that brought us to the United States, she simply said, "Why? Everybody knows that we live together."
    • Interview in Telecran magazine (25 January 1970)
  • I'm forced to mix with people of this industry and I can swear that is really difficult to meet people with her nature and her spirit. Generally, everybody is opportunistic here. Sharon had grace and charm; she knew how to make anybody's life easier. When somebody was busy, she was there in a discreet manner to serve you a drink or a coffee.
    • Interview in Telecran magazine (25 January 1970)
  • Without her I feel lost, I can't explain this in words. However there are things that I just can't stand thinking of; the way she and our son died.
    • Interview in Telecran magazine (25 January 1970)
  • I don't know that you can speak of shock … Nothing is too shocking for me. I don't really know what is shocking. When you tell the story of a man who is beheaded, you have to show how they cut off his head. If you don't, it's like telling a dirty joke and leaving out the punch line.
    • As quoted in Atlas magazine, Vol. 20 (1971), p. 56, and The Book of Hollywood Quotes (1979) by Gary Herman, p. 26
  • I see Macbeth as a young, open-faced warrior, who is gradually sucked into a whirpool of events because of his ambition. When he meets the weird sisters and hears their prophecy, he's like the man who hopes to win a million — a gamble for high stakes.
    • Interview in Playboy magazine (February 1972); also quoted in Make It Again, Sam : A Survey of Movie Remakes (1975) by Michael B. Druxman, p. 105
  • It's easy to direct while acting — there’s one less person to argue with.
    • New York Times (22 February 1976)
  • You have to show violence the way it is. If you don't show it realistically, then that's immoral and harmful. If you don't upset people, then that's obscenity.
    • As quoted in Shakespearean Criticism : Excerpts from the Criticism of William Shakespeare's Plays and Poetry, from the First Published Appraisals to Current Evaluations (1985) by Laurie Lanzen Harris, p. 11
  • If you have a great passion it seems that the logical thing is to see the fruit of it, and the fruit are children.
    • The Independent (12 May 1991)
  • Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater.
    • As quoted in Values of the Wise : Aspiring to "The Life of Value" (2004) by Jason Merchey, p. 330
  • My films are the expression of momentary desires. I follow my instincts, but in a disciplined way.
    • As quoted in The Everything Cryptograms Book (2005) by Nikki Katz
  • It's already getting more and more difficult to make an ambitious and original film. There are less and less independent producers or independent companies and an increasing number of corporations who are more interested in balance sheets than in artistic achievement. They want to make a killing each time they produce a film. They're only interested in the lowest common denominator because they're trying to reach the widest audience. And you got some kind of entropy. That's the danger; they look more alike, those films. The style is all melting and it all looks the same. Even young directors — for most of them, their only standard of achievement is how well their films do on the first weekend or whatever. It worries me. But then, from time to time, you have a film like The Usual Suspects or.... I'm trying to think of something American with some kind of originality... Pulp Fiction.
  • You know, whenever you do something new and original, people run to see it because it's different. Then, if it happens to be successful, the studios rush to imitate it. It becomes commonplace right away. But it's been like that before, I think. Now, the stakes are so gigantic that they cut each other's throats. So if most of the films are failures, then those that succeed so spectacularly, so commercially, become the norm. It's like a roulette for the studios. The problem with it is that it becomes more and more of a committee. Before, you dealt with the studio. It had one or two persons and now you have masses of executives who have to justify their existence and write so-called "creative notes" and have creative meetings. They obsess about the word creative probably because they aren't.
    • "Roman Polanski: An Exclusive Interview" by Taylor Montague
  • Whenever I get happy, I always have a terrible feeling.
    • As quoted in The Cinema of Roman Polanski : Dark spaces of the World (2006) by John Orr and Elżbieta Ostrowska, p. 146

Polanski : His Life and Films (1982)[edit]

Quotes of Polanski from Polanski : His Life and Films (1982) by Barbara Leaming
  • I never made a film which fully satisfied me.
  • I want people to go to the movies. I am the man of the spectacle. I'm playing.
  • People like Truffaut, Lelouch and Godard are like little kids playing at being revolutionaries. I've passed through this stage. I lived in a country where these things happened seriously.
  • In Paris, one is always reminded of being a foreigner. If you park your car wrong, it is not the fact that it's on the sidewalk that matters, but the fact that you speak with an accent.
  • I can only say that whatever my life and work have been, I'm not envious of anyone — and this is my biggest satisfaction.

Quotes about Polański[edit]

  • He sees things from every point of view. He's an extraordinarily hard worker. I think he's worked for a long time, in every field. He's talented, passionate and has had an incredibly hard and full life that I'm sure you know about. I can not imagine myself having some of his experiences. You either swim or drown, but some like him go on and make every moment important. I think that's what he does.

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