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Polanski shoots erotic comedy

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Nick Hodge 22.01.2013 12:24
Director Roman Polanski has begun shooting an erotic comedy adapted from award-wining American play Venus in Fur.

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The film sees Mathieu Amalric – best known as Bond villain Dominic Greene in Quantum of Solace – play a theatre director struggling to find the right female lead for his production.

That production is an adaptation of cult 19th century novella Venus in Furs by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (from which the word masochism is derived).

In walks an actress who is entirely ill-suited for the role (played by Polanski's wife Emmanuelle Seigner), but the director soon finds that rejecting the performer is no simple task.

Playwright David Ives worked alongside Polanski in adapting the play for the silver screen.

As it was, Polanski met his own wife on a film set (that of 1988 thriller Frantic), and Amalric bears more than a passing resemblance to the director.

In fact, Amalric's mother hails from the same Polish village as Polanski's own mother.

The original 1870 novella Venus in Furs (which inspired a track by the Velvet Underground) is also not lacking in a Polish dimension. The work explores a certain Severin von Kusiemski's desire to be treated as a slave by the fairer sex. The novella's author Leopold von Sacher-Masoch grew up in lands annexed by Austria from Poland in the late eighteenth century. (nh)

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