Roman Polanski is a fantastic director with an incredible ability to produce original and visionary work. A true perfectionist when it comes to movies he has an extremely impressive filmography and is also an accomplished actor.
Polanski´s career has been somewhat over shadowed by the tragedy he has suffered in his personal life. His family were from Poland, and like so many, became victims of Hitler's madness as both were sent to concentration camps when Roman was still a child.
Polanski studied at the Lodz Film School and made films in Poland and France before moving to Hollywood in 1968. He gained international recognition with the release of Rosemary's Baby but in 1969 his pregnant actress wife Sharon Tate was brutally murdered by the Charlie Manson "family" and Polanski returned to Europe.
In 1974 Roman returned to the states to make Chinatown but was forced to leave again to avoid prison after being charged with the statutory rape of a 13 year old girl.
Despite, and perhaps in part because of, a very difficult personal life Polanski produced some of the greatest films ever made. An excellent acting talent and an incredible ability to build tension as a director will ensure his work remains popular.