Polanski plays Washington Heights

In order to qualify Marina Zenovich‘s Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired for a Best Feature Documentary Oscar, HBO has, like, sneak-booked it into the Coliseum Cinemas on West 181st Street in Washington Heights. A similar-type booking is now happenign at Laemmle’s One Colorado in Pasadena. (Thanks to HE reader “RP” for the information.)

Defamer‘s Stu Van Airsdale spotted the New York-area ad and ran a JPEG of same. Good reporting. He’s wrong, however, in describing the doc, one of the four or five best films at last January’s Sundance Film Festival, as one that “painstakingly makes the case that Polanski’s conviction for unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor was a travesty.”
That statement implies that Polanski was innocent and therefore shouldn’t have been convicted. As I wrote last January, the film “doesn’t take Roman’s side of the mid ’70s unlawful-sex-with-a-minor scandal that led to his leaving this country as much as it slams the judge who ignored justice in his handling of the case.”
As VanAirsdale points out, HBO Documentary Films purchased Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired at Sundance for $1 million, “planning a cable premiere and a DVD release — but no theatrical run. Except that to qualify for an Oscar, you have to screen ‘for a minimum of seven days in both Los Angeles County and the Borough of Manhattan.'” Hence the current bookings.

  • RP

    Laemmle Pasadena: http://tinyurl.com/2a6dbl

  • http://actionman-nickspix.blogspot.com/ actionman

    Looking forward to the doc; I love that ad for Boarding Gate.

  • MilkMan

    I lived on 190th Street in Wash. Heights for the three longest years of my life. Go ahead, see a movie at The Coliseum. I dare you. And then, when you’re done, go and buy a steak and some produce at the Key Foods on Broadway. That’ll be so much fun you won’t know what to do with yourself. If every Domincan guy you walk by hocks a loogie in the direction of your feet, don’t say anything. Just smile and be on your merry way.

  • christian

    That looks like a newspaper ad from 42nd st circa 1975.

  • silver

    Both the Pasadena and Manhattan theaters only are showing it twice a day (I presume that must be the minimum legal definition of a ‘theatrical run’ to the Academy).
    And only daytime time slots- no shows in the evening :(
    Too bad Wes Anderson didn’t think to do this for his “Hotel Chevalier” short last year.

  • Pelham123

    Why is it that all over L.A. we have these GIANT billboards up of Owen Wilson as “Drillbit Taylor” and NOT ONE of that ad for “Boarding Gate”? You wanna sell some tickets — THAT’S the ticket. (& Christian is exactly right, that page looks like something right out of the 1970’s.)

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