Roman Polanski Skyped to ‘Weekend of a Champion’ Press Conference

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Send to Kindle Mark Stewart and Jackie Stewart at the “Weekend of a Champion” Press Conference | Paula Schwartz Photo Roman Polanski was beamed onto the stage of the Crosby Hotel screening room yesterday for a press conference for his documentary, “Weekend of a Champion.” The film follows racing legend Jackie Stewart around during the weekend that he prepared for, raced and won the 1971 Monaco Grand Prix. “The Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Pianist” director was given unlimited access into the exhilarating and fast-paced world and glitz of this top racing event, and the result is an intimate portrait of the gifted athlete and the friendship and respect between Polanski and Stewart, who were both celebrated and famous during a time when they were both at the top of their game. As everyone knows, director Roman Polanski fled the U.S. to France in 1978 after being charged by Los Angeles police authorities with rape after relations with a minor, which is why he could only appear at the press event by Skype. . . .

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