Polanksi Under Chalet Arrest


On-the-lam film director Roman Polanski has traded a jail cell for roomier digs at his Swiss chalet. But you have to wonder, what is better?

Polanski had to pony up $4.5 million bail to be sprung from a Swiss jail, which was clean and sparsely furnished with a sink, bed, toilet and television. Still, it was quiet and safe. Meals were delivered and guards kept reporters and paparazzi at bay.

Now he is under chalet-arrest at his three-story stucco-and-wood retreat in the luxe resort of Gstaad. It's a typically dull, secluded Swiss enclave in the Bernese Alps, populated by wealthy second home owners and the local business people who cater to their needs.