Roman's not going home: At 80, Polanski is as intriguing as ever
Roman Polanski has made some of the most fascinating films of the past 50 years, but even his movies can’t match the drama of the Polish-born Holocaust survivor’s own life.
The Jewish film director Roman Polanski turned 80 on August 18. I met him in Israel twice, and both times I felt a measure of tension, fear even. I cannot explain why, but something about Polanski, who is short in stature and sharp-featured, conveys severity mixed with irony, putting you immediately on the defensive.