The Associated Press explained the developments: “The single judge in a court in Krakow was not expected to make a ruling on Wednesday and scheduled another hearing for April.”
Adding to the uneventfulness of the event, the news media was banned from the hearing.
Polanski, the wunderkind director of “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968) and “Chinatown” (1974), has been on the run — or, at least, on the stroll — from U.S. authorities since the Bee Gees topped the charts. Meanwhile, he’s made more than a dozen films, many of them critically lauded. Here’s Harrison Ford accepting a best director Oscar for Polanski, who won for “The Pianist” in 2003.
Polanski couldn’t be at the Academy Awards himself. Because he is a fugitive, accepting an award in front of millions of people on national television would have been impolitic at best and legally inadvisable at worst.
The great swathe of history that has passed as the Polanski case remains unresolved is remarkable. Not only have the Soviet Union and the Cuba embargo evaporated — as well as the administrations of presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush, along with most of Obama’s tenure — but Polanski has married and fathered children. (His first wife, Sharon Tate, was killed by Charles Manson’s “family” in 1969.) His 13-year-old victim has forgiven him. Big stars — including Martin Scorcese, David Lynch and, ahem, Woody Allen — have defended him. And someone has made a documentary about the whole case.
Some say Polanski has suffered enough.
“We’re calling on every film-maker we can to help fix this terrible situation,” studio executive Harvey Weinstein, who distributed the documentary “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,” said in 2009.
Some say Polanski must face justice.
“He’s made terrific movies, in other words; he’s one of us; why can’t the Americans get past this obsession with holding child rapists accountable?” read a sarcastic Washington Post editorial in 2010.
But whatever anyone says, Polanski remains at large.
Correction: An earlier version of this report incorrectly stated the movie that Roman Polanski won a best directing Oscar for in 2003. It was “The Pianist.”