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The Hollywood of Roman Polanski Tour​

This is an original 4-hour private tour tailored to exploring the life and poignant experiences of infamous film director Roman Polanski.
Roman Polanski photographed by Robert Wolański in Paris, 2013

Roman Polanski

The enigmatic figure to whom fate has doled out equal portions of talent, success and tragedy continues to perplex, fascinate, incite controversy and fuel extreme emotions in the press, political arena, public eye and his own industry. 

This is a 4-hour tour in a private car. You will have a private guide and the driver who will take you on this original private tour. You will experience Hollywood in a unique way!

Tour creator

Elena Alexandra, whose formal education is in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA, CMHC), and who has also been a long-time student and practitioner of homeopathy, has been intrigued with this subject matter for over a decade, studying the mind and work of this unique character in our collective psyche.

As part of her exploration into the burning questions of humanity and pathways to finding solutions, in recent years Elena has been avidly researching and writing about arts, culture and exceptional individuals, with a special focus on classical ballet, her life’s passion, on her blog site The Elite Palate.

Elena believes that ballet is a tool which can serve as a powerful instrument in shaping a healthy Identity in young people, allowing them to get in touch with their innate talents and thus opening the doorway to a meaningful career path and personal fulfillment. 

Interestingly enough, Roman Polanski took up this very activity (ballet) during the time of his trial in Los Angeles as he recounts in his autobiography.

Elena and her non-profit partner, Lana David, invite you to take this original, private tour with our guides and embark on a truly unique adventure!

Photo: Elena at San Francisco Ballet, December 2019

Chinatown (1974)

Chinatown is a 1974 American neo-noir mystery film directed by Roman Polanski from a screenplay by Robert Towne, starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. In 1991, the film was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” and it is frequently listed as one of the greatest films of all time. At the 47th Academy Awards, it was nominated for 11 Oscars, with Towne winning Best Original Screenplay. The Golden Globe Awards honored it for Best Drama, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Screenplay. The American Film Institute placed it second among its top ten mystery films in 2008. read more… During the tour you will learn about the movie and visit Chinatown film locations.

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Rosemary’s Baby is a 1968 American horror film written and directed by Roman Polanski, based on the novel Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin. The film chronicles the story of a pregnant woman who suspects that an evil cult wants to take her baby for use in their rituals.

The film earned almost universal acclaim from film critics and won numerous nominations and awards. In 2014, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.

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Mulholland Drive

Mulholland Drive is a road in the eastern Santa Monica Mountains is named after pioneering Los Angeles civil engineer William Mulholland.

The road is featured in a significant number of movies, songs, and novels. David Lynch, who wrote and directed a film named after Mulholland Drive, has said that one can feel “the history of Hollywood” on it. Academy Award-winning actor Jack Nicholson has resided at Mulholland Drive for many years and still lives there today.

The 21-mile (34 km) long road offers outstanding views of the Los Angeles Basin, the San Fernando Valley, and the Hollywood Sign. Mulholland Drive is home to some of the most exclusive and most expensive homes in the world, with many Hollywood celebrities living along the road. Many of these homes are set back from the road and offer outstanding views of downtown Los Angeles.

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The tour includes a drive along the most scenic parts of Mulholland and a stop at this breathtaking location. 

Photo: Scenic view of Los Angeles from Mulholland Drive

 

Chateau Marmont

Roman Polanski and his wife, Sharon Tate resided at the Chateau Marmont for 9 months before moving to the house on Cielo Drive.

The Chateau Marmont is a hotel located at 8221 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. The hotel was designed by architects Arnold A. Weitzman and William Douglas Lee and completed in 1929. It was modeled loosely after the Château d’Amboise, a royal retreat in France’s Loire Valley.

The hotel is known as both a long and short-term residence for celebrities – historically “populated by people either on their way up or on their way down – as well as a home for New Yorkers in Hollywood. The hotel has 63 rooms, suites, cottages, and bungalows.

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During the tour you will learn more about Chateau Marmont and have a chance to step inside the historic hotel.

Photo: “Chateau Marmont Hotel” located on Sunset Strip 

Sunset Strip

Sunset Boulevard is famous, but the best known portion of the boulevard is the mile and a half stretch of Sunset between Hollywood and Beverly Hills that has been dubbed “The Sunset Strip.”

The Sunset Strip embraces a premier collection of rock clubs, restaurants, boutiques, Hollywood nightspots  as well as its array of huge, colorful billboards that are on the cutting edge of the entertainment business. It’s still one of LA’s busiest areas for music and clubs.

The Sunset Strip portion of Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood has been famous for its active nightlife since at least the 1950s. The Buffalo Springfield song “For What It’s Worth” was written about a riot at Pandora’s Box, a Sunset Strip club, in 1966.

Photo: Ralph Lauren vintage style billboard on Sunset Strip with “Chateau Marmont Hotel” sign behind it

Charles Manson Murders on Cielo Drive 

 On August 9, 1969, Sharon Tate Polanski, an American actress and model, and four others were murdered by members of the Manson Family in the home at Cielo Drive that she shared with her husband, director Roman Polanski. At the time of her death, she was eight-and-a-half months pregnant with the couple’s son.

The Manson Family was a desert commune and cult active in California in the late 1960s and early 1970s which was led by Charles Manson. Most of the group members were young women from middle-class backgrounds. 

During the summer of 1969, Manson told his followers that there would soon be a race war between America’s black population and the larger white population. Manson referred to the upcoming war as “Helter Skelter.” In early August 1969, Manson encouraged his followers to start Helter Skelter, by committing murders in the Los Angeles area. Four members of Manson’s Family executed murders, acting under Manson’s instructions.

The Manson murder trial was the longest murder trial in American history when it occurred, lasting nine and a half months. Along with the Lindbergh kidnapping case and the O.J. Simpson case during the 1990s, the case was the most publicized American criminal case of the twentieth century.

We will drive you around the area where this crime took place. 

read more at wiki Manson Family and wiki Charles Manson

Photo: Roman Polanski at the door of Cielo Drive where PIG is written in Tate’s blood

Roman Polanski Sexual Offense Case

On March 10, 1977, Polanski, then aged 43, faced multiple charges involving drugging and raping 13-year-old Samantha Geimer.

This took place on March 10, 1977, at the home of actor Jack Nicholson in the Mulholland area of Los Angeles. When the crime was committed, Nicholson was on a ski trip in Colorado.

The court ordered Polanski to report to Chino State Prison for the evaluation period beginning on 19 December 1977, and he was released after 42 days.

Polanski’s lawyers had the expectation that Polanski would get only probation. However, it is alleged in the 2008 documentary film Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, that things changed after an ex parte LA Deputy District Attorney David Wells showed the judge a photo of Polanski with his arms around some underage girls and convinced the judge, Laurence J. Rittenband that Polanski should not be released. 

Polanski’s attorneys assert that the judge suggested to them that he would send the director to prison and order him deported. In response to the threat of imprisonment, Polanski bought a one-way ticket to England and fled the United States.

The tour includes a drive by the estate on Mulholland Drive where the incident occurred and the Court House where Polanski’s hearing and sentencing took place.

read more on wiki & The Guardian
 

Photo: Roman Polanski with attorney Douglas Dalton surrounded by reporters at Santa Monica Superior Courthouse in Santa Monica, California, 1977

… look forward to sharing this unique experience with you!!!

TFG team

pictured here is our friend Jackiee who is making great strides in her journey from foster youth to self-sustained adult, and has worked with TFG on learning to become a voice for young people with similar challenges looking for guidance