"Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired"
"Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired" (June 9, HBO) explores the implausible events that took place between these dates, along with details, before and after, that forever altered the life and career of acclaimed film director Roman Polanski. On March 11, 1977, Polanski was arrested in Los Angeles and charged with the following counts: furnishing a controlled substance to a minor, committing a lewd or lascivious act on a child, unlawful sexual intercourse, rape by use of drugs, perversion and sodomy. Less than a year later, on February 1, 1978, Polanski drove to LAX, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and never came back.
The film re-examines the notorious California case involving Polanski, the world's most celebrated director at the time, whose life already read like the script of one of his most tragic, brutal films.
Polanski lost both his Polish parents during WWII, but rose to become a star filmmaker in Poland, England and, later, the U.S. His storybook love affair with Sharon Tate ended with her 1969 murder at the hands of followers of Charles Manson; she was eight months pregnant.