The Statement of the
regarding the latest events involving Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski is one of the most outstanding film artists in the world, as well as our school’s graduate and its Doctor Honoris Causa.
His dramatic personal and artistic life has contributed to creating his unique personality influenced by the presence of good and evil. Those, who wish to judge him, should not isolate single events from the context of the whole of his complicated life.
Roman Polanski has been close to our school through his films and friendship. Our school has always supported him in good and bad circumstances of his life and art.
Depriving a human being of his freedom is always a drama for the family and friends. Depriving an artist of his freedom is a drama for all those who appreciate his talent and artistic achievements. We understand this drama and we are emotionally involved in it together with the Polish and international film world.
We do hope that legal actions connected with the present situation of Roman Polanski will be wise and well thought of. We appeal to the people and the institutions authorized to decide about it, for undertaking carefully considered actions, not to destroy Roman Polanski’s artistic and family life in an irreversible way, but most of all, Roman Polanski himself – the man and a great artist. Releasing him from arrest would be the first necessary step in the right direction.
Łódź, 29th September, 2009.