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Polanski arrested as he steps off plane at Swiss airport

The Independent, 28 September 2009
Publié le : 28 septembre 2009
 Geoffrey MacNab 

"Roman Polanski had headed to Switzerland expecting to be feted with a retrospective of his distinguished career at the Zurich Film Festival, only to find himself arrested on a 31-year-old warrant as he arrived at the capital's airport.

"This has been the fate hanging over the Oscar-winning director of Chinatown and The Pianist since that day in 1977 when he had sex with a 13-year-old girl he was photographing for the French edition of Vogue.

"There was a mood of disbelief in Zurich's Corso Cinema yesterday morning as the news broke. Young film-makers and invited guests had gathered for a masterclass with the 76-year-old Polanski. Footage of The Pianist was screening silently as they filed into the cinema, and the atmosphere was initially one of fervent anticipation for they had been promised that they would be allowed to ask whatever questions they chose to one of the sacred monsters of world cinema."

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