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Roman Polanski & The Art of An Interview?

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  • Tip Bones

"I have always affirmed that every writer, particularly a journalist should as much as possible see, scrutinize, and analyze various live interviews," I say this for a reason. The reason is quite clear. "When a successful or even not so triumphant person is questioned about how he or she accomplishes something at that specific moment, (during the interview) they habitually always answer the questions sincerely." 

Think about it. When being drilled questions on something you are passionate about or good at, and the entire world is hearkening to your answers, you subconsciously (without realizing it) want to come across to your audience as being genuine. Usually, during those seconds the first reflection comes to your mind, and without giving it too much afterthought you spill your beans. You never have enough time to go back and fix things, and you never have time to think too much about what you wanted to say. Because that was how you felt at that second. That is why countless people feel astonished about the kind of words they said and can't ever take back. Like if they go to social media and start talking about discrimination issues that they wish they didn't articulate. This is a primary example. Nowadays, social media is our way of expressing ourselves, the way television used to do back then. 

During an interview (2000) - The Best Documentary Ever. I viewed Roman Polanski the great film director (who now calls home Paris) being asked by a journalist, "why is it so hard to make a good movie today?" He responded, "It is not only hard to make a good movie, its hard to make a movie period." "But why do you think this is?" The journalist persisted:

Polanski began describing saying luck had a very lot to do with it. And that the art and canvass of making, creating, or producing a movie are so very complex. Roman continued, "you need more than paint, brushes, colors, etc, you need an army of people. Its made in pieces like much any other worthy creative project being made. Writing, producing, singing, it's the same deal with those kinds of creative endeavors too."  

"Life is something of what you need and what is available to you at the time. And you don't always get what you want. That's life." - Roman Polanski

I wish to make one last note about Polanski. I used Roman Polanski in this reference for a few different reasons. One is the fact that I profoundly admire him as not only a gifted filmmaker but as a human being. 

This man has gone through more catastrophes, tragedies and adversaries than one person can take, and yet has found a way to survive through an enormous amount of horror in his life, and yet he continues to survive. He has continued to come back. How? That is the million-dollar question that makes Roman Polanski, Roman Polanski. 

His capacity in being resilient to survive the Holocaust, the Manson Murders, being arrested, going to prison, and then being a fugitive, and never being able to retort back to a town called, Hollywood that made Roman Polanski the man he is today, shows us that Polanski endures.  

I candidly believe that the reason Polanski proceeds to endure is because of his background in dealing with horror in his life, the same way I too have experienced horror, tragedy, and adversary in my life. And yet I too have found a way, to continue to survive. Without interviews, the world would be a rather unconvincing place.