INTRODUCTION: Polish-born Roman Polanski, who made a name as a film director in Hollywood, is returning to the stage in a Warsaw production of the play 'Amadeus'.
CU Poster PAN UP poster for 'Amadeus'
GV & SV Polanski on stage with actors in costumes.
GV Actors in theatre watching stage.
SV Polanski talking to actors and crosses to consult script.
GV Actors watching.
GV & CU Polanski and actor in rehearsal. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Polish-born Roman Polanski, who made a name as a film director in Hollywood, is returning to the stage in a Warsaw production of the play 'Amadeus'. Polanski is directing the play and also taking the title role of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. It is due to open today (23 June).
SYNOPSIS: The play is being presented at the Wola theatre in the Polish capital. It will be Polanski's first production in his native Poland since he left the country in the early 1960's, although he had arrived in Warsaw earlier this year for the premiers of his latest film 'Tess'. In the play Polanski plays the part of the young Mozart, whose early career was impeded by a jealous rival, Salieri, master of music at the Imperial court in Vienna. In this scene, Polanski directs the leading players - among them his own stand-in.
In an interview given when he took the job, Polanski said he had chosen to direct Peter Shaffer play because the public were finished with sex and violence and cruelty on the stage and in films. He said it was time for the theatre to return to man's basic feelings, to the human tragedy. He said that the play was very contemporary in its content and in its handling of the motion of hatred. The play examines the intense dislike felt by Antonio Salieri for Mozart, his potential rival as court composer. Legend has it that Salieri actually tried to poison Mozart, but this has never been proved.
Polanski is still wanted by police in the United States, having been charged with having illicit sex with a 13-year-old girl and with giving her drugs.