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Winner of the prestigious Golden Palm award at the 2002 Cannes film festival,The Pianistis the film that Roman Polanski was born to direct. A childhood survivor of Nazi-occupied Poland, Polanski was uniquely suited to tell the story of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew and concert pianist (played by Adrien Brody) who witnessed the Nazi invasion of Warsaw, miraculously eluded the Nazi death camps, and survived throughout World War II by hiding among the ruins of the Warsaw ghetto. Unlike any previous dramatization of the Nazi holocaust,The Pianiststeadfastly maintains its protagonist's singular point of view, allowing Polanski to create an intimate odyssey on an epic wartime scale, drawing a direct parallel between Szpilman's tenacious, primitive existence and the wholesale destruction of the city he refuses to abandon. Uncompromising in its physical and emotional authenticity,The Pianiststrikes an ultimate note of hope and soulful purity. As withSchindler's List, it's one of the greatest films ever made about humanity's darkest chapter.--Jeff Shannon
Determined to live This is the story of one man in his efforts to live and those who along the way assisted him including one kind German. A fully assimilated Polish Jew who was one of the ten percent of Poland's Jewish population who saw themselves as Jewish Poles, not that that did any of them any good with the Poles before or during the war.
He lost his family. He lost his friends. He saw his parents, his brother and his sisters shipped off to the death camps along with many others yet he by luck escaped and survived.
It begins with him playing the piano just before the war. His dayly life in the ghetto and ultimately ends with at war's end surviving.
An inspiring story of struggle to survive against the odds.
the best ww 2 movie next to saving private ryan the leading actor who played the pianist deserve to win his oscar in the movie it was a one man movie show there was some good acting from the other actors and actress but this movie was all but the man who was the piano player this movie was very funny at times and again very emotional and dramatic the plot of the movie was about germans disliking jews so the germans soliders treated the jews like animals put them in prison separating them from their families the pianist was jew who main objection in the movie was to survive and not be found by the germans if find by the jews he would be killed he moved around in different apt buildings for years each apt building that he moved in he stayed in there for months the pianist had to wait for his friends to send him food when the germans were not in sight after a while u notice the differnece in his body features as he grows hair and bread and starts to lose weight he was skinny to begin with but he gets even skinner so skinny that when he jumped off the building on the first floor no more than three above the ground he broke his leg scenes that i like was when he played dead when he heard the germans coming in his direction that was a clever and well acted script i also enjoyed when he carried an unopened can of beans with him everyone he went this was when there was 30 mintues left of the movie he met a german solider and the german solider wanted to know everything about the pianist he told him to play the piano so pianist place his unopened can on the piano and played his butt off to convince the german troop that he could play the piano after playing the piano the german solider paused for a minute and looked to be pleased with the pianist's talent he gave him his german coat and would send him a large lof of bread with jam on a normal basis one day the german solider told him he wouldn't be able to send him food anymore so he gave him a lot more food than he usually gave him later the pianist heard a jew army destroy abandon building he went outside to say hello to people who might have known him but the army quickly fired their weapons at him because he had on the german coat he told them to please stop so he could explain himself he told the jew army that the reason he had on the coat because he was cold it was winter outside he later got back in shape shaved his beard and long hair and resume his career in playing the piano after the war ended in the mid 1940sNot just a history of a man, a history of a people "The Pianist" is centered around the journey of Adrien Brody's character, the real life composer Wladyslaw Szpilman. At first living comfortably with his family in an apartment and playing music for Polish radio, his life is shattered by the outbreak of war in 1939 and the consequences that followed. I should note that I personally think the front cover saying, "A riveting adventure story!" is a bit misleading. This film looks at the Holocaust, the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and the Warsaw City Uprising - how "riveting" is that going to get? And yes, Adrien Brody's character does go with the flow of history, but I think it's ridiculous to accuse him of cowardice as other reviewers have. How many of us would have immediately thought "Let's fight back!" when put in the Holocaust? There's a scene in the movie where a girl asks a Nazi officer where they're taking them, and the officer shoots her in the head as soon as he'd tie his shoe. In this sort of environment, how would we react?
The story stays with Szpilman, and although he's not an action hero he is a hero who is a victim of history - just as Poland is. "The Pianist" is one of those movies that tries to make the audience aware how lucky they are to live a good lifestyle. Szpilman's life is much like our's, with a steady job and good family, only to have it shattered by war. The film watches the bloodshed within Poland during the war, first with the betrayel of the Jews to the Nazis, then afer Szpilman escapes and hides in Warsaw he watches from an apartment (as do we) as the Warsaw Ghetto rises up agaist the Nazis. He then watches the start of the Warsaw Uprising when the Polish citizens revolted against the Germans, believing they could push them out in time for the Russians to attack. His apartment destroyed in the German reprisals, he escapes and survives in a city he grew up and lived in now demolished.
The film gives you a good feel for what life was like in that era. The Holocaust sequences are terrifying, as one would expect. The sequences with the uprisings are not as action packed as you might expect (don't expect big, sweeping battles) but are just as effective, and you see many historical events such as the Germans torching every single building under orders of Himmler. It is obviously clear that, as said before, this was not just a testament of what Szpilman went through, but what his (and Roman Polanski's) home country went through as well.
My only gripes with the film are many characters seem to have no closure in the story. You never really find out what happens to his family, you assume they are lost in the camps. Some characters leave and are never seen again, and you assume they either die in one of the uprisings or simply fled without telling him. It didn't bother me that much, but I would have liked to at least had some sort of confirmation at the end. All they really tell you is what happened to Szpilman and the German officer who helps him out. (then again, maybe I missed something at the end - if I did, disregard)
A good movie that offers a great character study, as well as a fine experience in a nation's war-time history.