The Pianist (2002)

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Tagline:  Music was his passion. Survival was his masterpiece.

Genres:  Biography | Drama | Music | War

Runtime: 2h30m

Director:   Roman Polanski

Writers:   Ronald Harwood, Wladyslaw Szpilman

Cast:   Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Emilia Fox, Michal Zebrowski, Ed Stoppard, Maureen Lipman, Jessica Kate Meyer, Julia Rayner, Wanja Mues, Richard Ridings

Country:  France | Poland | Germany | UK | USA

Language:  English | German | Russian

 

A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.

Plot

A brilliant pianist, a Polish Jew, witnesses the restrictions Nazis place on Jews in the Polish capital, from restricted access to the building of the Warsaw ghetto. As his family is rounded up to be shipped off to the Nazi labor camps, he escapes deportation and eludes capture by living in the ruins of Warsaw.

Review

An adaptation based on the autobiography of the acclaimed Polish composer, Wladyslaw Szpilman, who detailed his survival during World War II, and narrowly escaped a roundup that sent his family to a death camp. A composer and pianist, Szpilman played the last live music heard over Polish radio airwaves before Nazi artillery hit. There, in Poland, Szpilman struggled to stay alive–even when cast away from those he loved. He spent the duration of the war hiding in the ruins of Warsaw and scavenging for food and shelter. Szpilman eventually reclaimed his artistic gifts, and confronted his fears–with aid from the unlikeliest of sources.

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