The Pianist’s producer is gone

Gene Gutowski, a Holocaust survivor, has died of pneumonia in Warsaw, aged 90.

He made three films with Roman Polanski in the mid-Sixties –  Repulsion, Cul-de-Sac and The Fearless Vampire Killers – had a falling out, then approached him again at the turn of the century to make The Pianist, a film that reflected their common experience in Warsaw under German occupation.

 

the pianist

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  • And he was a consultant to Saudi arms dealer, Adnan Khashoggi (the Iran-Contra affair; the Imelda Marcos affair; securities fraud; money laundering…). I’m rather more interested in knowing more about Gutowski’s involvement with Khashoggi, which apparently lasted several years, than I am in his producing of movies.

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