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The Pianist
- Adrien Brody

Overview - Roman Polanski's THE PIANIST is based on the memoirs of the talented pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrian Brody), a Polish Jew, who miraculously survived World War II. The first half of the film transports viewers to 1939 Poland, and brings it to life clearly and believably.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Roman Polanski's THE PIANIST is based on the memoirs of the talented pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrian Brody), a Polish Jew, who miraculously survived World War II. The first half of the film transports viewers to 1939 Poland, and brings it to life clearly and believably. Szpilman is a tall, handsome, winsome man who is revered for his piano performances on public radio. He lives with his family--an intelligent, loving, and spirited bunch--in an upscale flat in central Warsaw. Bombings have begun to torment the citizens of Warsaw, and step by step, the Nazis infiltrate, the Jews are branded and set apart from their neighbors, imprisoned in a ghetto, and slowly exterminated. The story is told through Szpilman's eyes, and thus carries as much confusion and fear as disgust and torment. Polanski paints Warsaw in bleak shades of gray and black, expressing the helplessness of the Jewish people and the cruelty of the Nazis with captivating photography. In the second half of the film, which takes place in the early 1940s, Szpilman is alone, having managed to avoid the trains to the death camps. His struggle to survive, with some help from non-Jews but mostly his own will to thrive, takes place in long, silent, languid stretches filled with the imagined piano music that inspires Szpilman to live. In a climactic scene of immense beauty and spine-tingling tension, Szpilman must actually perform for a German soldier who is inexplicably patrolling the near-deserted and utterly dilapidated Warsaw ghetto. THE PIANIST, in the subtlety of its sublime and heartbreaking tale, is carried by the intensely moving performance of Brody, whose transformation is truly unforgettable.

Awards:
2002 - Cannes - Palme d'Or Winner
2002 - Academy Awards - Best Director Winner
2002 - Academy Awards - Best Actor Winner
2002 - Academy Awards - Best Adapted Screenplay Winner

Cast List

Robert Benmussa - Producer, THE PIANIST (2002)
Roman Polanski - Director/Screenwriter/Actor
Alain Sarde - French Producer
Julia Rayner - Actor, THE PIANIST (2002)
Thomas Kretschmann
Michael Zebrowski - Actor, THE PIANIST (2002)
Frank Finlay - British Actor
Wladyslaw Szpilman - Source Writer, THE PIANIST (2002)
Maureen Lipman - British Actress
Jessica Kate Meyer - Actor, THE PIANIST (2002)
Ed Stoppard - Actor, THE PIANIST (2002)
Ronald Harwood - Screenwriter, THE PIANIST (2002)
Adrien Brody - American Actor, THE PIANIST (2002)
Ruth Platt - Actor, THE PIANIST (2002)
Pawel Edelman - Director of Photography, THE PIANIST (2002)
Wojciech Kilar - Composer
Emilia Fox - Star, KEEPING MUM (2006)
Anna Sheppard - Costume Designer, SAHARA (2005)

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 150
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 025193088529
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (violence and brief strong language)
  • Release Date: August 2006

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
World War II
Nazis
Theatrical Release
Music
Holocaust
Pianists/Pianos
Jewish

 
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Notes:
Theatrical release: December 27, 2002 (Limited)

Reviews:
"...THE PIANIST is a worthy Holocaust drama and a welcome return to form for Roman Polanski..." - 08/01/2002 Box Office, p.55


"...A monument to the indestructibility of the human spirit..." - 11/01/2002 Film Comment, p.77


"...THE PIANIST achieves the monumental without abandoning the modesty of its origins....Polanski's strange genius serves Szpilman's remembrance..." - 12/27/2002 Los Angeles Times, p.C1


"...Mr. Polanski approaches this material with a calm, fierce authority. This is certainly the best work Mr. Polanski has done in many years..." - 12/27/2002 New York Times, p.E19


"...[Polanski] brings history to life....It stays with you..." - 12/18/2002 USA Today, p.11D


"...One of the most quietly moving stories in survivor literature, and now the cinema....Polanski tells the story with all of his cinematic mastery..." - 02/01/2003 Premiere, p.18


"...[A film] of riveting power and sadness, a great match of film and filmmaker -- and star, too..." - 01/10/2003 Entertainment Weekly, p.53


"...A portrait of hell so shattering it's impossible to shake..." - 02/06/2003 Rolling Stone, p.68


"...A work of sustained tension and ferocious clarity, and as near-perfect a marriage of subject and artist as could be imagined..." - 02/01/2003 Sight and Sound, p.57-8


4 stars out of 5 -- "Roman Polanski's unflinching Holocaust movie draws personal power from restraint." - 10/01/2010 Total Film

 
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