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Roman Polanski doesn’t view streaming as a threat to cinema

Roman Polanski does not feel that streaming services will mark the end of cinema.
The controversial director made an appearance at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday (27May17), to promote his latest film Based on a True Story.
Polanski steered clear of discussing his current legal battle, but did talk about the impact movie streaming services such as Netflix are having on the film industry.
“I don’t think it’s a basic threat to cinema,” he said, according to Deadline. “People will go to the movies not because of better sound or projection or better seats than in their home, but will go to cinema to participate in the experience with those around them.”
The 83-year-old pointed out that the invention of Walkmans and iPods didn’t spell the end of concerts. But he admitted that the with the importance of the Internet and social media in today’s society, the notion of “based on a true story” isn’t so accurate anymore.
“You cannot rely on a photograph as a document of the truth,” he said, referring to the ability to doctor images in Photoshop. “There’s an appetite for truth. When TV and radio audiences hear information that we believed in yesterday, it’s totally false today.”
Based on a True Story is an adaptation of Delphine de Vigan’s novel, and follows two women, as played by Polanski’s wife Emmanuelle Seigner and actress Eva Green.
The film debuts as the filmmaker continues in his legal battle to return to the U.S. after fleeing to Europe in 1977 when he plead guilty to unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl.
In April, his victim wrote a letter to the expressing her outrage over the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, while his lawyer, Harland Braun, has been trying to negotiate an agreement with authorities to keep his client out of prison should he fly to America.

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