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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
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As far as the character in this movie, and his lack of resistance, we are omniscient observers. We know how long the war will last and how it will all turn out. We know how many Jews are ultimately slaughtered. We understand the motivation of the 3rd Reich. The character doesn't! But he is plucked out of that line and given a chance. He survives by waiting. How do we honestly know if we'd do anything different? One could say that his inaction makes him a hero because he must be warring within himself. The gentle artistic man faced with a world of unimaginable ugliness.
This movie is a treasure.
Adrian Brody as Jewish musician Wladyslaw Szpilman,whose only escape
from the wartime hell is playing the piano.the screenplay is written by
Ronald Harwood,based on the book by the real life Wladyslaw
Szpilman,and is directed by Roman Polanski.the movie is touching and
heartwarming,and also heartbreaking at times.it can be depressing,but
is is also an inspiration.one man survives hell through music.but more
than that that,others too are uplifted and have hope,all because of one
humble pianist.Brody is brilliant ,as always,inhabiting his
character,as he always does.i don't think he's made a bad movie yet.or
at least,he's always been great in every film,even if the film itself
isn't.in this case,though,the film is brilliant. and say what you want
about Polanski,he knows how to direct a movie(we won't count
"Rosemary's Baby").if this film doesn't have an impact on you,i'd be
In the beginning of the film, the Germans have invaded Poland and the Szpilman family are adjusting their lives to the new ruling of the Nazi Germans. They find their living conditions deteriorate as they are hustled away from their comfortable home to Ghetto and finally to the "melting pot". We see two brothers conflicting with each other as Hendrik, Szpilman's brother did not like the way he supposedly grovel to the authorities and using his privilage as a famous pianist which many Jews may envy. Even Hendrik was ungrateful when his brother freed him from prison. "Are you mad?" Szpilman asked. Hendrik's reply was "That is also my business."
Szpilman's influence was so great that he was spared when his family was sent off to the gas chambers.Read more ›
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Love love love this movie. I was especially thrilled that this version came with not only the movie DVD but also two additional DVDs. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Happy Shopper
I love the DVD - The Pianist -- It is one of our favorites.....And it arrived so quickly.... We are so grateful... Can hardly wait to share it with our family and friends.Published 5 months ago by Marlene Richter
When I ordered this DVD I did not notice that it said: Import. It will not play in my DVD player. It is my fault for not paying more attention to the description.Published 5 months ago by Vagabond310
I cannot watch it because I need a region B player to handle it. Apparently, I made a wrong purchase.Published 8 months ago by Yu He
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 18 months ago by Arctic Snowflake
I love this movie, everytime I watch it , my eyes filled with tears! Thank you amazon for selling thisPublished 20 months ago by Sunny Hart
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