Roman Polanskis Wife Blasts Tarantino for Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood – Vanity Fair

Roman Polanskis Wife Blasts Tarantino for Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood - Vanity Fair

Roman Polanskis Wife Slams Quentin Tarantino for Including Director in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Emmanuelle Seigner and Roman Polanski attend the Based On A True Story photocall during the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.By Mike Marsland/Getty.Emmanuelle Seigner, the actress and singer who has been married to filmmaker Roman Polanski since 1989, is taking Quentin Tarantino to task over Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood. The movie, Tarantino’s ode to Hollywood in 1969–the year of the Manson Family murders— features actors playing Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) and Polanski (Rafał Zawierucha), who were married and expecting their first child together when Tate was gruesomely murdered by followers of Charles Manson. In a recent Instagram post, Seigner wrote that she thought it was in poor taste for Tarantino to feature Polanski in the film without reportedly consulting him.

“How can you take advantage of someone’s tragic life while trampling on them?” she wrote in French, as translated by The Hollywood Reporter. “Something to think about (I’m talking about the system that tramples Roman).”

View this post on Instagram                   Comment peut-on se servir de la vie tragique de quelqu’un tout en le piétinant …. a méditer ( je parle du système qui piétine Roman ) Petit ajustement car je vois que des gens ne comprennent pas mon propos . Je ne critique pas le film . Je dis juste que cela ne les dérange pas de faire un film qui parle de Roman et de son histoire tragique et donc de faire du business avec ca , alors que de l autre coté , ils en ont fait un paria . Et tout cela sans le consulter bien sûr. Que le film soit bien , heureusement , j ‘ai envie de dire . Mais le concept me dérange .

She shared the caption beneath an old photo of Tate and Polanski together. Seigner also explained that she wasn’t criticizing the movie itself.

"How can you take advantage of someone's tragic life while trampling on them? Something to think about (I'm talking about the system that tramples Roman). A little explanation because I understand that people don't understand my point-of-view. I am not criticizing the film. I am just saying that it doesn’t bother them [in Hollywood] to make a film about Roman and his tragic story, and make money with it… while at the same time they have made him a pariah. And all without consulting him of course. Let's judge the film as a good one, but the idea of this is bothersome.

Roman Polanskis Wife Criticizes Quentin Tarantino for Including Husband in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

“A little explanation because I understand that people don’t understand my point-of-view. I am not criticizing the film. I am just saying that it doesn’t bother them [in Hollywood] to make a film about Roman and his tragic story, and make money with it . . . while at the same time they have made him a pariah,” she wrote. “And all without consulting him of course. Let’s judge the film as a good one, but the idea is this is bothersome.”

Regarding her “pariah” comment: Polanski has mostly been out of Hollywood’s spotlight since 1977, when he pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. He fled the U.S. after serving 42 days, and has stayed out of the country ever since. Before the scandal, Polanski was a widely respected director. He was married to Tate, a rising star, and was helming classics like Rosemary’s Baby and, after Tate’s death, Chinatown. His reputation shifted dramatically after the events of 1977, when he was largely excommunicated from Hollywood.

However, he wasn’t entirely kicked out of the industry. Polanski continued making films overseas and, in 2003, was awarded a best-director Oscar for The Pianist. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, the tide more recently turned on Polanski again, with the Academy voting to boot him out of its ranks—a decision Polanski is fighting against. In the meantime, his upcoming film An Officer and a Spy was recently shopped at Cannes, where Once Upon a Time also made its splashy debut—a sign that though Polanski may be a pariah in Hollywood, he’s still being backed overseas.

Allen, meanwhile, was accused of molesting his daughter Dylan Farrow in the early 1990s. “For as long as I could remember, my father had been doing things to me that I didnt like,” Farrow wrote in a 2014 New York Times piece. “These things happened so often, so routinely, so skillfully hidden from a mother that would have protected me had she known, that I thought it was normal.” A lengthy investigation was conducted at the time of the alleged incident, but prosecutors elected not to charge Allen with a crime. Dylan’s brother Ronan, who helped kick off the #MeToo movement by uncovering the Harvey Weinstein story, believes his sister’s account and said that their father “distorted the legal process” to avoid being charged.

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In 1977, Polanski was arrested for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl. He denied the charge, but ended up pleading guilty to “unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.” When he heard a rumor that the judge overseeing his case was planning to sentence him to fifty years in prison, Polanski skipped his court session and fled the country, spending the ensuing years living as a free man in France and Switzerland, evading the grasp of the U.S. authorities. (He’s still wanted for the crime in the States.)

Roman Polanskis wife slams Quentin Tarantino for not consulting her husband over Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Emmanuelle Seigner, the actress and singer who has been married to filmmaker Roman Polanski since 1989, is taking Quentin Tarantino to task over Once Upon a Time . . . in Hollywood. The movie, Tarantino’s ode to Hollywood in 1969–the year of the Manson Family murders— features actors playing Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie) and Polanski (Rafał Zawierucha), who were married and expecting their first child together when Tate was gruesomely murdered by followers of Charles Manson. In a recent Instagram post, Seigner wrote that she thought it was in poor taste for Tarantino to feature Polanski in the film without reportedly consulting him.

Director Roman Polanski (Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby) hasn’t exactly been the toast of Hollywood since he fled the country back in 1978, but that hasn’t stopped major studios from releasing many of his films in the United States. But the studios seem to have had a bit of an awakening in the #MeToo era, because both Polanski and director Woody Allen (Manhattan, Annie Hall) are struggling to find companies who will distribute their newest films in the U.S.

“How can you take advantage of someone’s tragic life while trampling on them?” she wrote in French, as translated by The Hollywood Reporter. “Something to think about (I’m talking about the system that tramples Roman).”

Last week, Allen debuted the trailer for his new romance movie A Rainy Day in New York on his Facebook page – a far cry from the marketing push he expected when he signed a four-picture deal with Amazon in 2017. (The company returned the domestic rights to Allen, but is still engaged in a legal battle with him about the terms of their deal.) The film has secured some distribution in a few countries overseas, but seems destined for a VOD release at best in the States.

She shared the caption beneath an old photo of Tate and Polanski together. Seigner also explained that she wasn’t criticizing the movie itself.

In half a century of obsessing over the incident, with Manson himself dead and the generation of filmmakers who actually remember his infamous moment going gray, what is there left to say about the Tate murders and the world they supposedly heralded the ending of? The Haunting of Sharon Tate seems like it wants to say something about getting a do-over after an unthinkable tragedy, or about the plight of a woman coddled and infantilized and ignored, or about an almost mystical quality to its dark antagonist. In casting Hilary Duff of all people, it signals that it wants to say something about the phenomenon of being a pop starlet in our own time. If any of those things are what its going for, though, it absolutely does not succeed, and it makes me even less thrilled for the other Manson-sploitation movie coming soon, Quentin Tarantinos Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood.

“A little explanation because I understand that people don’t understand my point-of-view. I am not criticizing the film. I am just saying that it doesn’t bother them [in Hollywood] to make a film about Roman and his tragic story, and make money with it . . . while at the same time they have made him a pariah,” she wrote. “And all without consulting him of course. Let’s judge the film as a good one, but the idea is this is bothersome.”

The Haunting of Sharon Tate did not pull it off. I dont know why this movie is if it cant be bothered to actually be about female disempowerment or a desperate desire to never have seen an end to an era or something. What is so uniquely lurid about this night anymore, and what is so important about it in todays context? The hippie movement and the psychedelics scare surrounding it are long dead, and the people who killed it are feeding cocaine to our grandparents in the full light of day. Random, senseless, terroristic murder is a daily feature of the American K-12 school system. Every minute of the murders, every scrap of physical evidence, has been gone over dozens of times. The Haunting of Sharon Tate promises some new approach to a gruesome incident thats been gone over endlessly for half a century, and it manages only to exploit the dead again.

Regarding her “pariah” comment: Polanski has mostly been out of Hollywood’s spotlight since 1977, when he pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. He fled the U.S. after serving 42 days, and has stayed out of the country ever since. Before the scandal, Polanski was a widely respected director. He was married to Tate, a rising star, and was helming classics like Rosemary’s Baby and, after Tate’s death, Chinatown. His reputation shifted dramatically after the events of 1977, when he was largely excommunicated from Hollywood.

Theres an intriguing kernel of an idea in The Haunting of Sharon Tate, one it wouldve been worth exploring even if it played around with the stories of murdered people whose surviving immediate family members are still very much alive. Because its been longer since these murders than the entire lifetime of the average Paste reader, its worth it to mention that Tate was a recognizable actor, having won a Golden Globe for her performance in Valley of the Dolls. At the time, she was living in the house she shared with Polanski along with former boyfriend Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger (of the family that owns the coffee company) and Wojciech Frykowski, who was Folgers boyfriend and a mutual friend of Polanskis. All were killed that night, along with 18-year-old Steven Parent, who was visiting.

However, he wasn’t entirely kicked out of the industry. Polanski continued making films overseas and, in 2003, was awarded a best-director Oscar for The Pianist. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, the tide more recently turned on Polanski again, with the Academy voting to boot him out of its ranks—a decision Polanski is fighting against. In the meantime, his upcoming film An Officer and a Spy was recently shopped at Cannes, where Once Upon a Time also made its splashy debut—a sign that though Polanski may be a pariah in Hollywood, he’s still being backed overseas.

The early scenes try to establish a feeling of slowly mounting dread. Manson drops off his evil-sounding demo tape, which starts playing randomly in the middle of the night to the sleeping house and which, as near as Im able to tell, actually sample Mansons not-very-good music. The movie goes so far as to portray the murders playing out to their (not 100% accurate) historical conclusion halfway through the film, and we discover its all just another prophetic dream of Sharons. Theres the sense that she needs to somehow outwit fate. We know this because in an earlier scene she asks Jay Sebring, out of absolutely nowhere, whether he thinks fate can be altered.

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The film features the tragic story of the murder of Polanskis ex-wife, Sharon Tate, who is played by Margot Robbie.

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