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Film director Roman Polanski, arrives to watch his wife Emmanuelle Seigner, French singer and actress, perform at the Stravinski Hall stage at the 44th Montreux Jazz Festival, in Montreux, Switzerland, Saturday, July 17, 2010.  (AP Photo) Film director Roman Polanski, arrives to watch his wife Emmanuelle Seigner, French singer and actress, perform at the Stravinski Hall stage at the 44th Montreux Jazz Festival, in Montreux, Switzerland, Saturday, July 17, 2010. (AP Photo)

MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — The film director Roman Polanski arrived Saturday at the Montreux Jazz Festival in his first public appearance since being released from house arrest.

Polanski, 76, arrived Saturday evening in a sport utility vehicle with tinted windows. When he emerged, he brushed his fingers through his hair — a trademark gesture — then was ushered into an elevator. Security personnel protected him from an eager crush of photographers.

Polanski's wife, the actress and singer Emmanuelle Seigner, performed shortly after his arrival, wearing a flannel shirt and jeans

"That was the theme to 'Rosemary's Baby,'" she said after her first song — a reference to the 1968 film directed by Polanski.

The Oscar-winning director was freed this month from house arrest when the Swiss government refused to deport him to the United States. He still faces an Interpol warrant in effect for 188 countries for a 1977 child sex case.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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