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.
Grand gagnant de la course aux récompenses de lannée 2003, Le Pianiste de Roman Polanski méritait amplement sa palme dor, ses trois oscars et ses sept césars. Adapté de lautobiographie de Wladyslaw Szpilman, ce film empreint dune grande dignité raconte la lutte pour sa survie dun pianiste juif, en Pologne, pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale.
Polanski, lui-même juif, a attendu des années avant daborder ce sujet douloureux. Avec un classicisme tout en retenue, loin de la dramatisation excessive, le cinéaste au passé sulfureux tente ici dexorciser des démons qui hantent le monde et sa vie depuis plus dun demi-siècle. De la construction du ghetto de Varsovie à la libération de la ville par les Russes, Polanski nous fait vivre, de lintérieur, lincompréhension puis la terreur absolue de ce peuple persécuté.
Porté par linterprétation subtile et émouvante dAdrien Brody, en accord parfait avec la sobriété de la mise en scène et du propos, Le Pianiste offre des scènes finales bouleversantes, porteuses despoir. Un film qui, au-delà de lhorreur, a le mérite de laisser croire que lhumanité peut renaître de ses cendres. --Helen Faradji
Be sure to buy what works for this Country (Canada). This movie had "Region B" which does not work in Canada's DVD and Blue Ray movies.Published 8 months ago by Arctic Snowflake
I love this movie, everytime I watch it , my eyes filled with tears! Thank you amazon for selling thisPublished 10 months ago by Sunny Hart
This is truly a memorable story and I found it very inspirational. I like the way the movie sticks to
the true story of "the Pianist" and doesn't fill it with a lot... Read more
After making masterpieces such as Repulsion, Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown & Death and the Maiden, it is easy to question how much of The Pianist is 'truth' and how much 'movie magic'... Read morePublished 20 months ago by MinkMonkey
lots of good memories on it and very good storie I really enjoy all of it and this is a great dvdPublished on July 30 2013 by Claude Couillard
It is a cliche that the holocaust was a terrible thing, but seeing this movie really gave me insight into the pre-meditated calculated nature of this genocide and how the freight... Read morePublished on June 29 2013 by Amazon Customer
I love movies about World War II . Holocaust movies are often over-played but this one is a really a masterpiece.Published on May 1 2013 by Julian Skoczypiec