Music was his passion. Survival was his masterpiece. Based on a true story from the acclaimed Bafta and Academy Award winning director Roman Polanski. They were degraded, they were hoarded up and they were sent to die. A brave few fought back, but one man would not be beaten, would not be taken and would stay and hide. Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrien Brody), a brilliant Polish pianist, a Jew, escapes deportation. Forced to live in the heart of the Warsaw ghetto, he shares the suffering, the humiliation and the struggles, and manages to escape and hide in the ruins of the capital.
The most intense holocaust
- The Pianist review by JD
There have been several holocaust films each with a different message this was the most intensely horrifying and emotional by far. Extremely violent. Some of the acting was a bit thin (not Lipman's nor Finlay's finest) but utterly exhausting.
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Document of the Polish Occupation.
- The Pianist review by Steve Mason
Polanski was a survivor of the Polish ghetto so brings personal experience to this true story about a Polish musician's degrading and desperate attempt to survive occupation; a story about how war diminishes the humanity of all. A little polished, but a powerful anti war message.