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Roman Polanski is a free man

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
July 12th, 2010

Finally, some good news for one of cinema’s most storied filmmakers.

Say what you will about the case against one Roman Polanski, but no matter the stance you take on the story, things have genuinely not looked great for the filmmaker. With numerous attempts to get his case tossed out, he has been under house arrest for roughly eight months now, all based on the thirty-three year old unlawful sex charges made in a highly flawed and utterly botched court case.

Well, now a silver lining, at least for Polanski himself.

According to Variety, Swiss authorities will not be extraditing the director to the states, pretty much making him a free man. Sure, he won’t be making his way stateside, or anywhere really for that matter, as he could seemingly get arrested by stepping foot on another country's soil, but for the time being, he’s a free man.

Personally, the case aside, this is really great news. As long as you are able to separate art from personal life, the idea of Polanski being free and getting the chance to make new films should only make you happy. I know that I am glad that I’ll be able to see more Polanski films. It’s a better world for having his art in it. Now, the man himself (and the case itself) is another story, best saved for another news post.

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