Just curious, does Roman Polanski's background have any influence on the way you view his films?
I had a feeling this question might come up! Overly-detailed answer will ensue:
It is certainly something of a grey area, but personally it does not affect my enjoyment of his films. I may not have any fondness for the crimes of the man himself, but I judge his movies based on their own merits. In any case, the extent to which a director’s crimes or sordid history may affect the way I view their work can depend on how much their personality, specifically, is involved in any given film. For example, I still feel uneasy about Mariel Hemingway and Woody Allen’s characters’ relationship in Manhattan due to the well-publicised allegations of Allen’s pedophilia, and the strong influence of the “Woody Allen” persona in his movies, although I count the film amongst my favourites. It gives the movie an extra personal dimension that makes otherwise innocent material seem kind of self-interested and apologistic (“apologistic” isn’t a word but it should be).
Anyway, when I view a film, I tend to view it not as separate, but distanced from its makers. I might think it wrong that Polanski has not served his due time in jail, and he should not have gotten the chance to make The Pianist, but it won’t change the fact that it is a stunning movie in its own right.
You're about to show a movie at your house. The power goes off and your guests demand you act out a movie for them. Which movie would you be most comfortable acting out and which do you think would be the funniest?
Given my limited dramatic skills, The Room fits the bill in both those aspects! The acting is bad enough that I should be able to comfortably inhabit the roles and it is also somehow funnier than anything the greatest comedic minds could ever produce…