I just don’t know what to think here.
By some people’s definition, I am a rapist.
20 years ago, while being 18 and at a party at a friends house, I met a very hot chick who seemed interested in nothing else than a night of hot loving with yours truly. This brought me great joy. It wasn’t till the next morning that I discovered, to my horror and embarassment, that she was 13. I had no idea.
The only reason I found out is that several of ‘friends’ wanted to tease me about it. Se, THEY knew. They thought it was hilarious. (She had already left by that time). I can still hear the woman who owned the house saying through her laughter, “she goes to the school with my son!!”
Some may want to boycott my threads and posts now.
I don’t know what the deal was Polanski. Did he know she was 13? Did he want her because she was 13. Did she change the story at the time to keep her out of trouble with her mom? Has she changed her story since out a ‘need’ to forgive him and move on? I don’t know the answer to any of these.
But I disagree that his work has ANY reflection on his character. We cannot know anything about him from his films. He may be a good guy, deep down, or he may be an evil fuck. Who says an evil fuck can’t make something beautiful or heart-wrenching?
And why would I deprive myself of something beautiful or heart-wrenching because this guy is an evil fuck?
Personally, I think Polanski is an average director. He misses as often as he hits. But that’s just me. YMMV.