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May 11, 2012 10:23 am

Polanski to Bring “Dreyfus Affair” to the Big Screen

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The iconic and controversial French-Polish director Roman Polanski is about to bring The Dreyfus Affair, one of the most famous cases of anti-Semitism in modern times, to the big screen.

Polanski says this is a project he’s wanted to do for quite a while, and he intends to show “its absolute relevance to what is happening in today’s world – the age-old spectacle of the witch-hunt of a minority group, security paranoia, secret military tribunals, out-of-control intelligence agencies, governmental cover-ups and a rabid press.”

The Dreyfus Affair refers to the case of Captain Albert Dreyfus, who served in the French army during the late 19th century, but was stripped of his rank and imprisoned after widely held anti-Semitic views within France’s government and military at the time led to Dreyfus being framed for the crime of treason, which he did not commit.

Dreyfus was released from prison 4 years later after it became clear he was innocent, which led to his decision to re-enlist in the French army and fight during World War I.

Polanski fled the United States in 1978 after he was convicted of having sex with an underage girl, and although he was arrested in Switzerland in 2007, Swiss authorities denied a U.S. request for extradition.

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  • Chaim Paddamn

    Poor Alfred Dreyfus will turn in his grave. Polanski is not doing him no favors………Roman Polanski is a atheist. He is a Jew ,only when it suits his public relations team and apologists. He is known as a humanist in French and Polish circles.

  • FancyNancy

    “Polanski fled the United States in 1978 after he was convicted of having sex with an underage girl…”

    He was convicted of drugging her and sodomizing her.

    Come on, a hero? Polanski is the Jew we wish…wasn’t. We prefer to think of him as Polish 🙂

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  • Eva-Brigitte

    Roman Polanski is a Jewish hero!
    From a very young age, this miracle of a person, suffered
    as much as any children of survivors of the Holocaust have-
    and still do!
    We should support him, we should patronize and make sure that the US not only will accept him with apologies (the sex charges were untrue, the girl was as willing as he was)
    look at her now- nothing short of a street woman-
    and, again, remember! He is a Jew!