Let Them Fight! Miloš Forman vs. Roman Polanski

Welcome to “Let Them Fight!”, where we pit two directors with similar backgrounds against one another and let YOU, the commenters decide on who reigns supreme! For an overview of past fights and what’s coming up, click here .

What to Consider

Obviously, which director do you think is better than the other? But what film of theirs proves your point. Remember, it isn’t so much about which film made the most money or was a critical darling, but in your mind which director is better than the other in terms of style, risk, scope, etc.

How I Tally the Votes

I look at the comments posted (only first comments, no replies) to see who they picked. I don’t count comments that don’t give a clear answer on who they chose. If you want your comment to count make sure it is not a reply to someone else’s comment and has a clear definite winner.

Now on to today’s foreign director fighters: Miloš Forman and Roman Polanski.


Miloš Forman

Date of Birth: February 18, 1932 (aged 86; died in 2018)

1960s Directorial Features: Why do we need the bands? (1963), Audition (1963), Black Peter (1964), Loves of a Blonde (1965), A well paid walk (1966), The Fireman’s Ball (1967)

1970s/1980s Directorial Features: Taking Off (1971), I Miss Sonia Henie (1971), Visions of Eight (1973), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975), Hair (1979), Ragtime (1981), Amadeus (1984), Valmont (1989)

1990s/2000s Directorial Features: The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), Man on the Moon (1999), Goya’s Ghosts (2006)


Roman Polanski

Date of Birth: August 18, 1933 (age 85)

1950s/1960s Directorial Features: Bicycle (1955), A Murderer (1957), A Toothful Smile (1957), Break Up the Dance (1957), Two Men and a Wardrobe (1958), The Lamp (1959), When Angels Fall (1959), The Fat and the Lean (1961), Mammals (1961), Knife in the Water (1962), Repulsion (1965), Cul-de-sac (1966), Dance of the Vampires (1967), Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

1970s/1980s/1990s Directorial Features: Macbeth (1971), Weekend of a Champion (1972), What? (1972), Chinatown (1974), The Tenant (1976), Tess (1979), Pirates (1986), Frantic (1988), Bitter Moon (1992), Death and the Maiden (1994), The Ninth Gate (1999)

2000s/2010s Directorial Features: The Pianist (2002), Oliver Twist (2005), The Ghost Writer (2010), Carnage (2011), Venus in Fur (2013), Based on a True Story (2017)


Alright, FIGHT!