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Sunday
Jun102012

Protesters Clash with Police Over Pro-Pinochet Documentary

AFP/Getty Images(SANTIAGO, Chile) -- Demonstrators protesting against a government-sponsored documentary that praises former General Augusto Pinochet have clashed with police in Chile, BBC News reports.

Police forces used water cannons and tear gas to disperse the protesters outside of the Caupolican theatre, and made several arrests. The former general ruled the nation for 17 years, after a coup against democratically-elected Marxist president Salvador Allende on September 11, 1973. Thousands of citizens were tortured, arrested, killed or forced into exile throughout his 17-year reign. He died in 2006.

Relatives of victims have asked President Sebastian to ban the documentary, "Pinochet," calling it insensitive and saying it glorifies the dictator's vicious regime. Organizers say it intends to show the general as he really was, and not as the media portrayed him, according to the BBC.

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Wednesday
Sep282011

Roman Polanski Acknowledges Sex Crime in New Documentary

The Image Gate/Getty Images(ZURICH) -- Roman Polanski makes his first public acknowledgement about Samantha Geimer, the 13-year-old model he sexually assaulted in Los Angeles, in a documentary on his life that premiered Tuesday at the Zurich Film Festival.

“She is a double victim: my victim, and a victim of the press,” Polanski says of Geimer in Laurent Bouzereau’s Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir.

Polanski took to the stage at the Zurich Film Festival Tuesday to accept a lifetime achievement award two years after he was originally intended to receive it: he was arrested and incarcerated in a Zurich prison at the request of U.S. authorities when he arrived to receive the honor in 2009.

“Better late than never,” the 78-year-old filmmaker said after a booming applause from the audience.

The director was held for two months in 2009 following his arrest at Zurich’s airport, then placed under house arrest at his home in Gstaad while the fight over his extradition to the U.S. was waged in courts.  It was in this time that Bouzereau shot the interviews with Polanski for his documentary memoir.

The film reportedly shows Polanski’s side of the story regarding the 1978 legal case against him, which alleged that the then 43-year-old filmmaker sexually assaulted 13-year-old Geimer during a photo shoot for French Vogue.

In 1978, Polanski and his lawyers accepted a plea deal that would have the director put on probation, but Judge Laurence J. Rittenband reportedly suggested to Polanski’s attorney that the sentence may be heavier.  Polanski fled to France, where he was protected from extradition, mere hours before sentencing.

In July 2010, Switzerland rejected the U.S. extradition request.  Six charges against Polanski remain pending in the U.S.

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Wednesday
May112011

Dying Princess Diana Photo to Be Shown in New Documentary

Tim Graham/Getty Images(LONDON) -- A documentary film about the death of Princess Diana won't be shown in Great Britain because a photo in the movie shows the princess just moments before she died in the wreckage of a Paris car crash.

The grim pictures have angered many Brits, still aglow over the royal wedding of her oldest son, Prince William, and the movie's director claims that British lawyers have insisted those pictures be cut out before it can be shown in the country.

The film, Unlawful Killing, will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival this week.  The 90-minute film was financed in part by Mohamed al Fayed, father of Diana's lover, Dodi Fayed, who also died in the 1997 crash.

Keith Allen, the film's director, called the film an "inquest of the inquest" into the death of Diana in an interview with The Guardian.

The film's trailer begins with a 1993 letter written by Diana describing her fears that someone was conspiring to kill her.

"My husband is planning 'an accident' in my car.  Brake failure or serious head injury," the note reads.

The film then explores the investigation into Diana's death, showing graphic photos taken by the papparazzi when Diana is near death in the Paris tunnel where the crash occurred.  The crash was ruled a drunk driving accident.

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