Picks and Pans Review: Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired

updated 06/16/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/16/2008 01:00AM

HBO, June 9, 9 p.m. ET |

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DOCUMENTARY

Roman Polanski's best movies, from Rosemary's Baby to The Pianist, are exercises in intense, undermining paranoia—a quality that played out notoriously in his own life. In 1978, after pleading guilty to a charge of intercourse with a 13-year-old girl, the director fled to Europe rather than face sentencing from Judge Laurence J. Rittenband. According to this revelatory but very evenhanded documentary, he was right to be afraid: Attorneys for both sides say Rittenband was calculating, capricious and absolutely untrustworthy in his bargainings. Wanted is a significant update on an awful chapter in Hollywood history.

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