I’m a very big admirer of Roman Polanski, and I’m disappointed to say that so far I haven’t been able to find a single homepage on the Internet that’s personally dedicated to him*. I think he deserves one, so here it is:
This homepage is about my own personal feelings concerning Roman Polanski. I’m not going analyze his movies - I’m not good at it, and I’ve always thought that movies should be watched and enjoyed, not analyzed. I’m not going to tell you about his life either - you can find that information elsewhere on the net. This is simply my own little tribute to a man who will be in my heart forever.
In September 1993 I read a book that I’ll never forget. It was Roman Polanski’s autobiography, "Roman by Polanski". Before I read it, I only knew his name and that he was a famous director. I saw the book several times at the library - it was almost as if it stood there begging me to read it. It took a long time before I took it from the shelf, because I didn’t see any reason to read about a man I knew nothing about, but one day I said to myself "Why not? If it’s a bad book I’ll just stop reading it". Well, let me tell you, it wasn’t a bad book. It was the best book I had ever read. I don’t know why, but when I had read the last page I started to cry. I cried and cried and cried. Couldn’t stop thinking about it - about him. Now, when I think about something as much as I did about that book, it helps me to write about it so I found an address where I could write to him, and I wrote him a letter telling him exactly how that book of his had made me feel. I didn’t know if he would get my letter, but he did. Two weeks later I received a letter from him:
Thank you for your very nice letter. It made my day!
Need I say that his letter made my day?
I still haven’t figured out what it was about that book that moved me so deeply, but some of his movies tend to give me that same feeling. Perhaps some day I’ll understand why.
P.S. I no longer have his address, but I found it in a book called 'Who's Who in France'.
Here are some pictures of Roman.
Go to his official site (in French)
(*found one now!) Another tribute to Roman