Must Watch: Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer Official Trailer
by Alex Billington
January 13, 2010
Thanks to our French friends at AlloCine.fr (via Twitch) we can finally watch the official full-length trailer for Roman Polanski's new thriller The Ghost Writer starring Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Timothy Hutton, Kim Cattrall, and Olivia Williams. Put aside your feelings towards Polanski and enjoy this trailer because it looks fantastic. It kind of reminds me of a Martin Scorsese thriller mixed with Chinatown. I've been very excited for this ever since we debuted that teaser last summer but this is the crème de la crème. Despite all that Polanski's been accused of, he's still a phenomenal filmmaker, and this trailer proves it.
Watch the official trailer for Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer:
For more info on The Ghost Writer, visit the official site at: theghost-romanpolanski.com.
The Ghost Writer is directed by Oscar winning Polish-French filmmaker Roman Polanski, of many great films including When Angels Fall, Repulsion, Dance of the Vampires, Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown, Frantic, The Ninth Gate, The Pianist, and Oliver Twist most recently. The screenplay was co-written by Polanski and novelist Robert Harris. This is based on Harris' own novel of the same name as well. It was filmed in early 2009 and finished while Polanski was under house arrest in Switzerland earlier this year. Summit Entertainment is bringing The Ghost Writer to limited theaters on February 19th next month.
Definitely checking this out. Think what you want of Polanski, the man is a master.
Shane on Jan 13, 2010
no matter how vile the director is, this looks like a good thriller, I'll check it out.
Xerxex on Jan 13, 2010
"Despite all that Polanski's been accused of" re-word that it should be "Despite all that Polanski is gulity of he is still blah, blah, blah." loved it when Pierce Brosnan says "You cheeky fucker!"
Xerxex on Jan 13, 2010
#1- A master? Other than The Pianist, Chinatown, and Rosemary's Baby, what other movies has he made that are considered classics? The first film he directed was in 1955. So in 54 years he has made three movies that could be considered classics. People are two quick to label these days. Looking at his list of films, I wouldn't say he is anywhere near Hitchcock, Spielberg, or John Ford. 1955 Zaczarowany rower (aka Bicycle) 1957 Morderstwo (aka A Murderer) U?miech z?biczny (aka A Toothful Smile) Rozbijemy zabaw? (aka Break Up the Dance) 1958 Dwaj ludzie z szaf? (aka Two Men and a Wardrobe) 1959 Lampa (aka The Lamp) Gdy spadaj? anio?y (aka When Angels Fall) 1961 Le Gros et le maigre (aka The Fat and the Lean) Ssaki (aka Mammals) 1962 Nó? w wodzie (aka Knife in the Water) 1964 Les plus belles escroqueries du monde (aka The Beautiful Swindlers) 1965 Repulsion* 1966 Cul-de-Sac 1967 The Fearless Vampire Killers or: Pardon Me, Madam, but Your Teeth Are in My Neck 1968 Rosemary's Baby 1971 The Tragedy of Macbeth 1973 What? (aka Diary of Forbidden Dreams) 1974 Chinatown 1976 Le Locataire (aka The Tenant)* 1979 Tess 1986 Pirates 1988 Frantic 1992 Bitter Moon 1994 Death and the Maiden 1999 The Ninth Gate 2002 The Pianist 2005 Oliver Twist 2007 To Each His Own Cinema (segment Cinéma erotique) 2010 The Ghost Writer
Simon on Jan 13, 2010
Q: How many pedophiles does it take to screw in a light bulb? A: Roman Polanski.
Alan Glucksman on Jan 13, 2010
Q: Why did the pedophile cross the street? A: To go watch The Ghost Writer.
Syphous on Jan 13, 2010
Yeah. You should just enjoy the trailer. You need to forget that he anally raped a minor. This man deserves to be put on a pedestal for his accomplishments! Shit...that rape was what...twenty some years ago? Psh! Let's just move on and forget he anally raped a minor. Let's concentrate on more important things, like Roman Polanksi making money. Also, I hear Charlie Sheen is a real great guy to people on his set, so let's forget how awful of a man to women he is. Let's throw out all the terrible things that these men have done to women and just love them for the what they truly are...richer and more important that the rest of us.
Forget It on Jan 13, 2010
I'm no Polanski fan but this will be on my "to watch" list. Hope it lives up to the trailer.
Bash on Jan 13, 2010
Just enjoy the film, Polanski isn't the first filmmaker to get into a bit of trouble.
d1rEct on Jan 13, 2010
the movie looks outstanding. McGregor and Brosnan look in top form. as far as polanski: i hope he's watching his movie from prison. as far as polanski being a "master"? i don't see it. he has one truly great movie (the pianist). i did like "death and the maiden" quite a bit too. i thought "rosemarys baby" and "chinatown" were over-rated. he's an ok director; but, not one of the greats.
beavis on Jan 13, 2010
I must say the classicism seems refreshing in these shaky-cam times, and he's assembled one hell of a cast. Did I spy Eli Wallach in there? I might give this one a try, but if I'm honest it's probably one for the rental list rather than a trip to the cinema...
Mathieu on Jan 13, 2010
I do not wish to defend Roman Polanski as a person at all, but I should point out that #4 (Simon) probably hasn't seen any other movies than the first 3 he mentioned. Yes, those 3 are by far the best know in the US, but several of Polanski's other films are revered by cinephiles and other filmmakers around the world. These include Knife in the Water, Repulsion, and The Tenant, all of which are considered brilliantly suspenseful thrillers, and The Tragedy of Macbeth, generally considered the greatest rendition of that story ever put on screen. Tess isn't as well-respected, but it was based on Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles and nominated for Best Picture. Plus, Chinatown is one of the most highly respected films of all time, bar none. So maybe he's not Hitchcock, but he has a pretty respectable track record. Nevertheless, he was convicted of a horrific crime, and I don't think he should be allowed to run away from that. And I don't think this movie looks like any Scorsese film except possibly a little bit like The Departed but not reallly, so I don't know what Alex is talking about.
Stephen on Jan 13, 2010
This looks retarded. The trailer is absolutely horrible and if the film is any good, well, the trailer doesn't indicate it.
Marty Martin on Jan 13, 2010
#6 hahahahahahaha bravo good sir bravo
DoomCanoe on Jan 13, 2010
I have no idea wtf is going on in the movie, but I'll watch anything with Ewan McGregor.
SuicidalOptimist on Jan 13, 2010
This looks like an in your face, edge of your seat thriller. Definitely plan on seeing it.
Brandon on Jan 13, 2010
Hey "Forget It" - Got any Michael Jackson albums in your collection?
Sharkboy on Jan 14, 2010
#4 Hello Knife in the Water
Me on Jan 14, 2010
Well the trailer looks quite hitchcockian for my taste. Like the music. It has also a dead zone wibe in it. As for Polanski: Don't judge the man unless he gets a fair case. This switzerland stuff has so much to do with other stuff like the bank system and putting pressure on them. And polanski did pledge guilty because they offered him freedom and pulled it back in the end so he had to flee. And as for his filmmaking skills. Boy, he is up there with Scorsese, who often shoot the same movie over and over again. Repulsion, The Tenant, Rosemaries Baby, The Pianist, Chinatown, the fearless vampiere killers are all masterpieces.
BrockLanders on Jan 14, 2010
It's my personal opinion that if you watch this your promoting him... and I don't promote pedophiles. Only in hollywood can you do just about anything and they will forgive you and your still famous. What a fuckin' joke! #9 - wtf!? "a bit of trouble" screw your head on straight!
K on Jan 14, 2010
the trailer's editing is awful. the old man saying "no way" might just be the most unnecessary element in a trailer ever.
virgil on Jan 14, 2010
IMHO, I was not impressed with this at all. Watching the trailer I kept getting the feeling that this is the kind of movie that halfway through you know what the ending is going to be.
S on Jan 14, 2010
#12 - Excuse me, but Polanski was never convicted of anything. He pled to a lesser charge after he was assured his punishment would be for time served. #7 - She may have been a minor, but admitted in her deposition that she had had sex before and was a drug user. I wish people would stop making her sound like she was some innocent schoolgirl that Polanski dragged off a playground swing.
EJP on Jan 14, 2010
#23 - So he took advantage of a troubled young girl. Is that supposed to make it better or right? He a grown older man and should know better. Period! End of story!
K on Jan 14, 2010
#23 You would be referred to as "el stupido cunto" in my country.
Frantic on Jan 14, 2010
Thank you #24, ignoring a crime like this just because the offender is an artist is an elitist point of view that destroys the way people view morals. "Oh he sexually molested a young girl... but he made all these brilliant movies so we should pretend it didn't happen and go watch his new film."
Nick on Jan 14, 2010
Regardless of how much a purverted douche Polanski is, this movie does look terrible. It might have been partly because of the awful trailer.... Kim Cattrall? Really? She is horrendous in everything. Put a cigarette in her hand, fold her arms, and shift her weight to one side and we have a character! I like MacGregor and Brosnan, but this movie will most likely tank. I don't know why everyone loves Polanski so much. I've only liked 'The Pianist' so far.
Antioch on Jan 14, 2010
Just so all of you know.. Most of everyone's ancestor are pedophiles considering in the 18th century and before the normal age for a girl to get married was 14 and usually the man was a lot older. so Everyone has a little Polanski in them!!! lol
darren on Jan 14, 2010
Lol, thanks Professor Darren, I did not know that. ~The More You Know~
Daniel on Jan 14, 2010
THE GIRL WAS WILLING, SHE WAS A LITTLE DRUNK, THAT TENDS TO HAPPENS SOMETIMES, HE ISNT A PREDATOR, SHE WASN'T 5 FOR GOD SAKES, ARE ALL OF YOU TRYING TO HIDE YOUR PEDOPHELIC TENDANCIES BY THROWING POLANSKI UNDER THE BUS? SHE ALSO LOOKED MUCH OLDER, YA IDIOTS
yo on Jan 14, 2010
Uhh, I don't see what Polanski's legal difficulties or personal proclivities has to do with the film. I don't know the goings on in most director's lives for the films I see. Or actors, producers, grips, cinematographers, casting agents, or best boys. Don't know, don't care. All I ever need to know is if it's a good film. This one looks iffy, but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt because of the cast.
kevjohn on Jan 14, 2010
@29 lol Your Welcome Daniel. I'm here strictly for educational pruposes cuz "Knowing is Half the Battle"
darren on Jan 15, 2010
and yes, i know i spelt purposes wrong.
darren on Jan 15, 2010
Yo that just makes you sound retarded. He drugged and raped her, and yeah maye she wasn't a girl scout, but is that an excuse for rape? anal rape? probably not.
Xerxex on Jan 15, 2010
We should talk about the movie here..but some of you started!So, the girl was almost 14th and he did not pick her up from kindergarten or school.She looked older ,she wanted,so it happened.And then someone used it against him.You people never heard about games and jealousy among society?Some people like to create scheme and destroy others..So,anyway.. Mr.Polanski thank you for your latest piece.The movie is Great!..it is sophisticated,beautifully shoot.The audience was stunned and shocked.I was thrilled.So much essence in the movie! Must go!Open your eyes and mind and enjoy this film. I will be going second time.It is a feast for a soul.
meggan kessey on Mar 10, 2010
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