Controversial director Roman Polanski has lamented that the birth control pill has had a ‘masculinizing’ effect on women and called the leveling of the sexes ‘idiotic.’
The 79-year-old filmmaker made the comments Saturday at the Cannes Film Festival, where he came to premiere Venus in Fur, a film adapted from the David Ives play which stars Polanski's wife and toys with the subject of gender.
High-profile event: The filmmaker (left) made the comments at the Cannes Film Festival, where he came with his wife, actress Emmanuelle Seigner (center), and her co-star Mathieu Amalric (right) to premiere Venus in Fur
Polanski said the pill has ‘changed the place of women in our times’ while talking to reporters. He further bemoaned the fact that ‘offering flowers to a lady’ has become ‘indecent.’
‘There are other elements,’ he added. ‘I think it chases away the romance from our lives and that's a great pity.’
The 79-year-old Oscar-winning director was famously convicted of having sex with a minor in a 1977 case.
He was initially indicted on six felony counts, including rape by use of drugs, child molesting and sodomy, but pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful sexual intercourse.
Polanski, whose past films include Chinatown and Rosemary's Baby, fled the United States after a Los Angeles judge threatened further sanctions.
Polanski called the leveling of sexes 'idiotic' and bemoaned the fact that ‘offering flowers to a lady’ has become ‘indecent’
He's restricted by an Interpol warrant in effect in 188 countries, but he moves freely between Switzerland and France.
He was freed from Swiss house arrest in 2010 after the government refused to deport him to the United States.