Roman Polanski’s “European Oscar”

Posted by John Rosenthal

Earlier this month, Roman Polanski’s would-be “political thriller” The Ghost Writer won “best picture” at the European Film Academy awards. The film is a kind of amalgam of “good European” pieties and delirious anti-American phantasms: chief among the latter being the notion that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was controlled by the CIA. Polanski’s The Ghost Writer was not only largely filmed in Germany, it also benefited from massive German public subsidies. And who finances the European Film Academy? Lo and behold, many of the same German public institutions that financed the making of Polanski’s film…

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