Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Polanski's Lunch

Kuala Lumpur Chris sends me news of a gratifying outburst of common sense at the always appalling Cannes Film Festival. That great director Roman Polanski did a John Sweeney at a press conference, berating the hacks thus: 'You're all asking such inane questions! ... It's the computer that's reduced you to this level. You don't write anymore. You copy your articles from the Internet and then send that to your editors. I've had enough. Why don't we go and get some lunch?' The secret of Polanski's art is timing - The Pianist has one of the most perfectly timed scenes ever filmed - and the secret of timing is knowing exactly when to suggest lunch.


  1. Susan B., no big fan of Roman,May 23, 2007 12:14 pm

    I wonder if Polanski would like to be asked some questions about his relationships with little girls. Those wouldn't be inane, but they'd sure make him want to depart the scene.

  2. I have no interest in exonerating exploitative sexual relationships - but what do you mean exactly? You are referring to a single purportedly criminal incident in Los Angeles - or an ongoing transgressive activity? Is he not married with a daughter?