Ghost Writer Poster (Switzerland)

  • July 23, 2013:  Media links updated
  • December 17-Jan 22:  Articles &  Best of 2010 Lists in Reviews, Congratulatory ads to Gallery. Media updated with long interview with Olivia Williams. Pierce Brosnan & Olivia Williams nominated by London's Critics Film Circle.  Prix Lumiere wins for best director & screenplay. NFCA win for Olivia Williams and runner up nods for Director & Screenplay.  Pierce Brosnan nominated by IFTA. Nominated for 8 Cesar awards
  • December 5:  Winner of six European Film Awards.  Biggest winner in EFA history.
  • October 8:  Articles & DVD/Blu Ray Reviews added
  • September 3: FIPRESCI selects The Ghost Writer as Grand Prix winner for Film of the Year
  • March 31-May 17:  Reviews and articles updated.
  • February 21-March 18:  Opening in limited release, Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer" did a spectacular $179,000 in only 4 theaters in NY and LA for an impressive $44,750 per screen.  Summit Ent. plans on expanding it around the country over the upcoming weeks. [Source: Hitflix]  Expands to 12 more cities and 39 more theaters on Feb 26th.  Expands to 28 more cities and into 147 theaters on March 5.  Expands to 224 theaters: March 12 & 800+: March 19th.
  • Release Dates: U.S.: Feb 19 (NY & LA); March 19 (nation wide)
  • February 15-March 4:   Reviews, articles, hundreds of photos and media including the press conference from The Berlinale and the NYC premiere. U.K poster added. Official site updated.  Official clips, interviews and B-Roll fromMovie Set.
  • Jan 20-Feb 8:    Articles: updated with reviews and first impressions of screened film. Gallery: French & U.S posters released.  Media: English trailer added.  German #2 trailer added.  U.S. Trailer online in HD at AppleReviews added.
  • Jan 8-15:   The Ghost Writer gets U.S. release date.  Feb 19: limited; scheduled expansion March 5 & 19. [Source: Variety].  Media updated with full German trailer.  Trailer now in English with French subtitles
  • Dec 18:  Gallery: updated with more official photos.
In a joint statement, Summit Entertainment Co-Chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger said, "We had the good fortune to recently screen THE GHOST WRITER in Paris and were amazed at the film Roman and his team have created. He once again has proven himself as one of the world’s most talented filmmakers and master of suspense creating a very modern thriller and we look forward to sharing this film with North American audiences."
  • Dec 1:   Articles: updated.  Polanski still in jail awaiting agreed release on bail.  Ghost on track for Berlinale in Feb 2010 and Feb 18th release in Germany.
  • July 6-11:  Official site up.  Publicity photos added to Gallery
  • Feb-May 2009:  Filmed in Germany: Roman Polanski's 'The Ghost', starring:  Pierce Brosnan, Ewan McGregor, Kim Cattrall, Olivia Williams, Jim Belushi, Tom Wilkinson, Tim Hutton, Eli Wallach. 

Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer" is the best thriller since, jeez, what? (Let's say "The Parallax View," to which it has some affinities.) It's also the latest installment in Polanski's ongoing contemplation of life as absurdist black comedy, elegantly tricked out as mystery-suspense with roman-à-clef overtones from recent history.

The director's mastery of mood, tone, performance and pacing is absolute, distracting us from the few holes in the otherwise engrossing plot and affording a degree of pleasure and bone-deep satisfaction few movies deliver anymore. - Richard T. Jameson / MSN Movies

With the deliciously unsettling The Ghost Writer, however, a dark pearl of a movie whose great flair and precision make it Polanski's best work in quite a while, the 76-year-old director forcefully reminds us what all the fuss was about. 

Made by a filmmaker suddenly returned to the height of his powers, The Ghost Writer is a thriller wrapped around a roman a clef about contemporary politics wrapped around Polanski's perennial blanket cynicism about the helplessness of individuals against the entrenched strength of the powerful. His effortless blending of personal preoccupations with audience preferences recalls, as so much of this film does, the classic work of Alfred Hitchcock. - Kenneth Turan / L.A. Times

.... Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer, an extraordinarily precise and well-made political thriller—the best thing Polanski has done since the seventies, when he brought out the incomparable Chinatown and the very fine Tess. "The Ghost Writer offers not the blood and terror of Polanski's early work but the steady pleasures of high intelligence and unmatchable craftsmanship — bristling, hyper-articulate dialogue (the stabs are verbal, and they hurt) and a stunning over-all design that has been color-coördinated to the point of aesthetic mania.

[Pierce Brosnan] doesn't imitate Blair; he offers his own interpretation of a public man's impersonally brisk and hardened charm—the smile is reflexive, dazzling, and savage. Lang tells stories about his youth with hearty indifference to their phoniness—even in retreat, he's a calculating pol, playing the angles, manipulating his eager amanuensis. And, when Lang is criticized or challenged in any way, Brosnan's charm dissolves into fury; he catches the defensive self-righteousness of power, a leader's disbelief that anyone might be seeing through him.
- David Denby / The New Yorker
Polanski’s The Ghost Writer— is a trim, fluid, perfectly sustained work. Whatever its narrative lapses, it conjures from first frame to last his malignant inner world.... The film is an audacious paranoid conspiracy drama, a thriller in which the violence is all offscreen or implied. - David Edelstein / New York Magazine
FOUR STARS ... The Ghost Writer is handsome, smooth and persuasive. It is a Well-Made Film. Polanski at 76 provides a reminder of directors of the past who were raised on craft, not gimmicks, and depended on a deliberate rhythm of editing rather than mindless quick cutting. The film immerses you in its experience. It's a reminder that you can lose yourself in a story because all a film really wants to do is tell it. - Roger Ebert/ Chicago Sun Times
[A] gripping conspiracy thriller and scabrous political satire, a Manchurian Candidate for the 2010s, as addictive and outrageous as the Robert Harris bestseller on which it's based. Polanski keeps the narrative engine ticking over with a downbeat but compelling throb. This is his most purely enjoyable picture for years, a Hitchcockian nightmare with a persistent, stomach-turning sense of disquiet, brought off with confidence and dash. - Peter Bradshaw / The Guardian
[T]his high-grade pulp entertainment is too delectably amusing and self-amused, and far too aware of its own outrageous conceits to sustain such a dolorous verdict. The world has gone mad of course — this is a Polanski film — so all we can do is puzzle through the madness, dodging the traps with our ironic detachment and tongue lightly in cheek.

[T]he pleasures of a well-directed movie should never be underestimated. The image of Mr. Brosnan abruptly leaning toward the camera like a man possessed is worth a dozen Oscar-nominated performances. And the way, when Lang chats with the Ghost — his arms and legs open, a drink in hand, as if he were hitting on a woman — shows how an actor and his director can sum up an entire personality with a single pose. Mr. Polanski’s work with his performers is consistently subtle even when the performances seem anything but, which is true of this very fine film from welcome start to finish.  - Manola Darghis/ N.Y. Times
Scene by scene, performance by performance, this mesmerizing movie degrades our sense of what's real, what matters. That way lies the madness of Repulsion and The Tenant. A cinematic measure of Polanski's existential despair, The Ghost Writer implies some Dantean circle of hell where we fill our days with one empty theatrical after another -- political, personal, whatever -- until we're hooked off the stage for good.  What's certain is that on this director's bleakly beautiful stage, players, pawns, best-laid plans -- nothing is proof against sudden erasure, casualty of some new fiction, rife with busy ghosts convinced of their firm grasp on reality and their own fate. - Kathleen Murphy / MSN Movies
Mr. Polanski is a magician, his movie a synthesis of Mr. Harris's sturdy narrative, a Mamet-like appreciation for the shadows that lurk between words, and a drollery that most directors wouldn't even think about attaching to a thriller. But "Ghost" is far more than a suspense film, and its cast is a cache of jewels... - John Anderson / Wall Street Jornal
The Ghost Writer, based on the Robert Harris bestseller, shows Polanski in brilliant command of a political thriller that ties you up in knots of tension while zinging politics and showbiz like two sides of the same toxic coin.  Polanski, who won a 2002 Oscar for the Holocaust themed The Pianist, is in a playful, prickly mood here that recalls his early work on Rosemary's Baby and Chinatown.  - Peter Travers / Rolling Stone
A stylish, precise salute to Hitchcock’s thrillers but still bearing all the hallmarks of Roman Polanski’s distinctive style, The Ghost Writer is an effortless take on Robert Harris’ best-selling novel and a film lover’s delight. - Fionnuala Halligan / Screen Daily
The Ghost Writer, an out-and-out thriller with international politics and war crimes as its background, gives him a springboard to take a deep dive into all the moody atmosphere, breathtaking betrayals, words loaded in double meanings and heart-stopping threats that make the genre so cinematic. - Kirk Honeycutt / The Hollywood Reporter
Merging the creepy and the comic and blending the familiar with the fantastical, Roman Polanski’s The Ghost is a pulpy thriller with its finger on the pulse of modern times. - Dave Calhoun / Time Out
The Ghost Writer is a triumph: elegant, accomplished, and (this is the hardest part to admit) occasionally even wise. With its slow but taut pacing and muted tone, The Ghost Writer evokes the feel of '70s classics like The Conversation or Polanski's own Chinatown. But rather than sampling and remixing these movies in the breathless, avid postmodern style, Polanski remembers them—what they felt like and why they mattered.  - Dana Stevens/ Slate
The Ghost Writer is as comforting in its temperate pace and eerie mood as it is chilling in its plot particulars. Polanski feigns interest in the genre’s requisite chases, but he’s best at stranding the Ghost in wide frame, on a turbulent island, and tightening the noose around his neck as he gets closer to an awful truth. Alexandre Desplat’s violins saw away, in approved Bernard Herrmann fashion, as appliers and absorbers of dramatic shocks; and McGregor brings all his charm and intelligence to the vague figure of a Hitchcock hero who slips into circumstance and chicanery until he morphs into a Polanski victim.  - Richard Corliss / Time Magazine

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