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Charles Manson's Hollywood #10: Roman Polanski After Sharon Tate by Karina Longworth


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Roman Polanski was in London the night his pregnant wife was murdered in their home. He returned to Los Angeles, devastated, to find himself wanted for questioning in a crime which the LAPD, initially, had no idea how to solve. The next decade of Polanski's life would be a rollercoaster, hitting heights like his masterpiece Chinatown, and lows like his alleged rape of a 13 year old girl and subsequent exile from the US.

Show Notes:

Special thanks to Ram Bergman, making his final appearance as Roman Polanski.

The base list of sources for this series can be found here. This episode primarily draws from the books Roman by Roman Polanski, The Kid Stays in the Picture by Robert Evans, and The Girl by Samantha Geimer, as well as Julian Wasser's memories of photographing Polanski at Cielo Drive and several interviewswith Samantha Geimer

Episode breakdown:

Intro: "Album Tag Song" by Dennis Wilson; "Modern Heavy Guitar Top Line" royalty free track

Altamont: "Under My Thumb" by The Rolling Stones

Roman Polanski's return to Los Angeles; his temporary home, Julie Andrews' dressing room; the rumors that the murder victims did something to deserve it; Polanski's detective work; Polanski leaves Los Angeles; Polanski hangs out with schoolgirls in Switzerland, justifies his prediliction for teenagers: "Snow Drop" by Kevin MacLeod

Playboy's production of Macbeth; the X-rated What?; Polanski's Roman commune: "OLPC" by Marco Raaphorst

Problems with the screenplay for Chinatown: "Zenda" royalty free track

Polanski's battles with Robert Towne; Chinatown as the ultimate 70s film; Polanski returns to Rome, starts dating Natassja Kinski; edits French Vogue; the trend of sexy photographs of young girls in European fashion magazines; Polanski meets Samantha Geimer: "Stormy Moods Orchestra" by Apache Tomcat

Polanski's first photoshoot with Samantha; Samantha thought of herself as a child who was following directions from an adult who could make her famous: "Family Tree" by Jahzzar

Polanski's second photoshoot with Samantha; differing recollections of conversation about Samantha's sexual experience; Samantha agrees to go to Jack Nicholson's house: "Pretty Mellow Clean Guitar" royalty free loop

Shooting photos at Jack Nicholson's house: "Oxygen Garden" by Chris Zabriskie

What happened after the photoshoot; Roman takes Samantha home and smokes pot with her mom; Polanski is surprised to be arrested for rape; both accuser and accused are tried in the media; Polanski accepts plea deal and then flees the country; Polanski's Tess: Samantha Geimer publicly forgives Polanski; Polanski apologizes to Samantha: "For Better or Worse" by Kai Engel

End Credits: Panorama Synth Pad GarageBand Loop

Outro: "School Girl" by Dennis Wilson

YMRT #15: Madonna From Sean to Warren, Part Two by Karina Longworth

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In the concluding chapter of a two-part episode about Madonna and movies (see part one here), we talk about her mutually beneficial professional and personal involvement with Warren Beatty. In 1989, Beatty, the self-described “president of Hollywood,” was coming off the disaster of Ishtar, and decided to star in and direct Dick Tracy as a way to prove that he still had his finger on the pulse of the culture. Madonna, who was still reeling from the end of her marriage to Sean Penn, saw Beatty and Dick Tracy as her avenue to legit Hollywood movie stardom — but she hedged her bets by producing her own cinematic showcase, Truth or Dare.

Show notes!

Side note first: Have you seen Madonna’s Twitter/Instagram? There’s some interesting stuff on it, particularly this image of her and Michael Jackson at the Academy Awards captioned “Time is a whore she screws everyone!” and also multipleposts in which she refers to Rocco, her son with Guy Ritchie, as Spicoli — the character Sean Penn played in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

This episode was originally supposed to be one part, but there was simply too much to say, so I split it in two. So all of the sources cited in Part One’s show notes apply to this one, too. Also: Star: The Life and Wild Times of Warren Beatty by Peter Biskind, and the following articles/magazines:

Tracymania,” by David Ansen and Pamela Abramson, Newsweek, 6/25/1990

He Still Leaves Them Breathless,” by Elizabeth Sporkin, People, 7/02/1990

Peter Biskind’s cover story in the June 1990 issue of Premiere


Clips from Truth or Dare, directed by Alek Keshishian


"Born to be Blue" by Chet Baker

"Exchange" by Massive Attack

"Fiery Yellow" by Stereolab

"Laserdisc" by Chris Zabriskie

"Big Deal" by Everything But the Girl

"Down the Depths" performed by Blossom Dearie

“Roughcut” by Tripwire

"5:00 AM" by Peter Rudenko

"I’d Rather Be Your Lover" by Madonna

"The Simple Complex" by Uncle Bibby

"Sooner or Later" by Stephen Sondheim, performed by Madonna

"43 Days" Kemi Helwa

"Hanky Panky" by Madonna 

"Out of the Skies, Under the Earth" by Chris Zabriskie

"Something to Remember" by Madonna

"Divider" by Chris Zabriskie

"snake eyes" by off key

"For Better or Worse" by Kai Engel

"Vogue" by Madonna

"Still" by DNTEL

"Batdance" by Prince

"Make it Drums" by Daedelus 

"Pots and Pans" by The Kills

"9 Mile" by Naram

"(Pray For) Spanish Eyes" by Madonna

"Promise to Try" by Madonna

"Live to Tell" by Madonna

"Love Like a Sunset" by Phoenix

"Last Songs" by DNTEL

"Money" by Jahzzar

"Justify my Love" by Madonna

"Love Don’t Live Here Anymore," performed by Madonna