1. “Roman Polanski Talks His Life and Career, Venus in Fur and Retirement.” Scott Foundas speaks with the legendary filmmaker.
“The story is a diabolically clever two-hander that Polanski adapted with the playwright David Ives from [David] Ives’ 2010 New York stage hit. ’I just thought it was a terrific text,’ says Polanski. ’First, the humor of it. But then the sort of anti-macho spirit of it, and the richness of the allusions.’ The director first read Ives’ play in his hotel room during the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, where his Oscar-winning 1979 Thomas Hardy adaptation, Tess, was being screened in a restored print. ’This might be up your alley,’ Polanski remembers his longtime agent, Jeff Berg, telling him. As it turns out, Berg was right.”