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Last Updated: Sunday, 25 September 2005, 11:57 GMT 12:57 UK
Polanski screens Twist in Prague
Harry Eden, Roman Polanski and Barney Clark
Harry Eden, Roman Polanski and Barney Clark were promoting the film
Roman Polanski stepped out with the young cast of his latest film Oliver Twist at the movie's premiere in the Czech Republic.

Much of the adaptation of Dickens' classic was filmed in the country's capital Prague.

Polanski said he chose to direct Oliver Twist as he wanted a project that his children would be able to watch.

The director's last film was the Oscar-winning The Pianist, about a Jewish man's escape from the Nazis.

'Angelic look'

Unlike the most famous film adaptation of the book, Oliver!, Polanski's movie is not a musical.

Playing the lead role of the orphaned Oliver is 12-year-old British actor Barney Clark, while 15-year Harry Eden plays the Artful Dodger.

Polanski said he "was very sure that our Oliver Twist should not have the angelic look of the cherubs that I saw in my predecessor's adaptations".

The role of Fagin is played by Oscar-winner Sir Ben Kingsley, who did not attend the premiere.

Polanski's other films include the horror Rosemary's Baby, an adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles and detective thriller Chinatown.

He is based in France and cannot travel to the US because he fears being arrested and jailed after he was convicted in his absence of unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.

He also refuses to travel to the UK in case he is extradited back to the US.


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