Jack Mathews, longtime movie critic for the L.A. Times and the New York Daily News, saw and heard it all during his years in Hollywood. In his new column Rough Cuts, he takes a hard look at the inner workings and the outer trappings of the movie industry -- both then and now.

Last Friday, after British actress Charlotte Lewis accused fugitive pedophile Roman Polanski of having sexually abused her in his Paris apartment when she was 16 years old, the most incongruous image popped into my head: that of the late Walter Matthau, at a luncheon long ago, in a restaurant long gone.
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