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Roman Polanski is Making a New Film, As If That’s What the World Needs Right Now
The #MeToo-era comeback attempts continue, with Roman Polanski following on the heels of Louis C.K., Casey Affleck, and Charlie Rose. The director, who’s lived in France since 1977 to avoid an American prison sentence after admitting to the statutory rape of a a 13-year old, announced an upcoming film. “J’Accuse” will depict the Dreyfus Affair, the true story of a Frenchman who was falsely accused of espionage. According to The Hollywood Reporter:
The spy thriller is based on the real-life story of Captain Alfred Dreyfus, a French-Jewish solider wrongly accused of spying for the Germans, whose trial for treason became a cause celebre in Paris in the 1890s. French Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist) will star as the counter-espionage officer who proved, after his conviction, that Dreyfus was, in fact, innocent.
The persecution of Dreyfus was rooted blatant antisemitism. So for Polanski to make a film about the tale—inherently tying the historical injustice done to a falsely-accused man to the multiple charges of child molestation he himself faces—is about as despicable as it gets. It’s easy to wonder how a Polanski film even gets made in 2018, but unfortunately the director maintains a surprising number of Hollywood admirers.