Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008)

Director
Marina Zenovich

Main cast
Istvan Bajzat; Steve Barshop; Marilyn Beck; Madeline Bessmer; Pierre-André Boutang

Genres
Documentary

Description
Examines the public scandal and private tragedy which led to legendary director Roman Polanski's sudden flight from the United States.


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