Pianist – Edited

Theatrical Release: December 27, 2002
DVD Release: December 3, 2003
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Synopsis

The true story of Wladyslaw Szpilman who, in the 1930s, was known as the most accomplished piano player in all of Poland, if not Europe. At the outbreak of the Second World War, however, Szpilman becomes subject to the anti-Jewish laws imposed by the conquering Germans. By the start of the 1940s, Szpilman has seen his world go from piano concert halls to the Jewish Ghetto of Warsaw and then must suffer the tragedy of his family deported to a death camp, while Szpilman is conscripted into a forced German Labor Compound. At last deciding to escape, Szpilman goes into hiding as a Jewish refugee where he is witness to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and the Warsaw City Revolt in 1945.

Dove Review

“The Pianist” is a powerful portrayal of life in the Jewish Ghetto in WWII Warsaw. Waldyslaw Szpilman tells his heroic story in a book, which was brilliantly adapted by director, Roman Polanski. While I do not approve of Mr. Polanski’s personal life, I cannot deny the impact of this finely crafted film that depicts a personal ground-level view of the horrors of the holocaust.

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Info

Company: Universal Pictures
Writer: Wladyslaw Szpilman (book)
Director: Roman Polanski
Producer: Robert Benmussa
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 150 min.
Starring: Adrien Brody;Thomas Kretschmann; Frank Finlay; Maureen Lipman; Emilia Fox; Ed Stoppard
Reviewer: Dick Rolfe