When something powerfully captures you at your very core, you can do no less than share it with others. A dear fellow traveler, blogger and friend, Miss Whistle, posted an extraordinary commentary recently, written by filmmaker and child rape survivor, Allison Anders on the Roman Polanski extradition affair. Entitled “Art is not Enough” this compellingly written and eloquently argued piece is one of the finest I’ve read on this troubling topic.




~ by eaesthete on 10/03/09.

3 Responses to “Noteworthy”

  1. Thank you alerting us to Miss Whistle’s well written argument. It is indeed a troubling topic.
    My 13 year old son is an actor, through his own choosing.
    He is currently rehearsing for a small film. I see the absolute trust and surrender that is necessary for the process. If a director has morality issues, I could see the opportunity for abuse given the trust involved,and the inexperience of youth. We live in Paris where we have seen Mr. Polanski out and about over the years.

    • Debra,

      I think the power in Allison Anders commentary (on Ms. Whistle’s site) is
      precisely because she, herself, is a filmmaker and understands only too
      well the “absolute trust and surrender” you speak of regarding your son’s
      acting aspirations. In film production, the director is, indisputably, the
      most powerful figure on the set controlling every aspect and every individual.
      I have witnessed formidable directors who, by the sheer strength of their stature
      and position, intimidate and pressure adults (actors and crew) so an impressionable
      child is easily swayed. Sensitive directors understand this and are careful to nurture
      a relationship of trust and respect and it is this flaw in Polanski’s behavior that is
      most reprehensible. Thank you for your comments.

  2. Amidst the hype of the ‘Free Polanski Petition’ initiated by famous filmmakers, finally, a voice for the victim, not just Polanski’s victim, but all who have gone through the nightmare and trauma of sex crimes. In this celebrity-driven, lobe-sided world, we should all the more be adamant that Justice be blindfolded, and her Scales never be tipped by popularity, social power, or personal achievement, artistic or otherwise.

    My heartfelt thanks to your drawing our attention to Ms. Anders’ lucid and poignant view. I’m grateful too that I’ve discovered the beautiful blog of Miss Whistle.

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