Yet nothing is romanticized: The actors playing the Szpilmans were all cleverly chosen to form a believable-looking family, with Brody and Jessica Kate Meyer as his sister Halina resembling their mother Maureen Lipman and the other siblings, Regina and Henryk Julia Rayner and Ed Stoppardresembling their father Frank Finlay.
Dec 27, · The Pianist is a poignant and amazing adaptation of a man's spell-bounding survival in Warsaw during the Holocaust! Roman Polanski brings forth fantastic directing that moves a movie viewer to his deepest heart!85%(40). The Pianist is a film that should be seen -- it's just a question of when your teen should see it. I would not show the movie to anyone under 14 because the violence is too disturbing. It would be best to watch the film together and talk about it. The surprise winner of the Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, The Pianist does have a few subtle grace notes, many of them from the soulful Adrien Brody, who plays Szpilman like a sad-eyed specter that haunts the streets of Warsaw, cheating death as if through divine will.
Spoilers Film makers have to step carefully when dealing with issues like the Nazi extermination program. There have been equally brutal programs of ethnic cleansing in places like Southeast Asia and Rwanda, in which hundreds of millions died, but nothing like this in Europe since the Middle Ages.
The victims here were not only Jews but Gypsies, the mentally ill, homosexuals, socialists, communists, and political undesirables.
The Nazis eliminated not six million but some uncountable number between 12 and 15 million. An event like that can't be treated lightly and milked for easy tears, or the event itself is cheapened. Fortunately, the films that have explored the subject have been uniformly well done, as Roman Polanski's "The Pianist" is well done.
Polanski himself suffered in much the same way as the protagonist, Vlad Szpilman Adrien Brody. Polanski has a habit of embellishing his tales but there's no question that in this instance he knows what he's talking about.
Szpilman is a well-known young pianist on Warsaw radio but the German occupation puts the station out of business. He and his family are herded into the Warsaw ghetto where they are subject to constant abuse and occasional murder.
Szpilman barely escapes being sent to Treblinka with the rest of his family. And for the last half of the film, with the help of some friends who endanger themselves by lending him aid, he scuttles rat-like from one hiding place to another, each more dismal and perilous than the last.
He suffers jaundice, his hair and beard grow long, his clothes turn to tatters, his food disappears, he's half frozen, and he seems to shrink. He's reduced to living in the attic of a nearly demolished apartment building and is ecstatic to discover a gallon can of pickles overlooked on the top shelf of a kitchen cabinet.
The can falls out of his hands while he tries to open it and rolls across the floor to come to rest at the boots of a German officer, Captain Hosenfeld Thomas Kretschmann. The only Germans we've seen so far have been brutes -- ridiculing the insane, executing Jews who ask simple questions, or simply shooting people chosen at random.
We expect nothing from Hosenfeld except a quick shooting. But Hosenfeld is a human being and, having discovered that Szpilman "is" -- or rather "was" -- a pianist, he asks him to play a piano left in one of the flats.
Parents need to know that The Pianist is a Oscar-winning movie about a young Jewish musician living in Warsaw desperately trying to make sense of the Nazi invasion of his country and the subsequent degradations, the creation of the Warsaw Ghetto, and the madness that led to the Holocaust. An adaptation based on the autobiography of the acclaimed Polish composer, Wladyslaw Szpilman, who detailed his survival during World War II, and narrowly escaped a roundup that sent his family to. THE PIANIST is the movie that made Adrien Brody the youngest-ever Best Actor Oscar winner, but it was hardly the first movie about the Holocaust.
Szpliman has been unable to play for years and when he seats himself we worry that he might not bring it off and, indeed, his first chords are tentative, uncertain. Then his playing becomes automated, the old habits return, and he dashes off a dramatic and exquisitely executed piece of Chopin.
Hosenfeld has been leaning back, enjoying the music, then leaves Szpilman quietly to his attic.
He returns a few times later, before the Germans withdraw before the Russians, and unceremoniously hands him a few packages of food and, finally, his overcoat. The matter-of-fact compassion shown by Hosenfeld, and Szpilman's desperate need for contact with another human, are very moving.
When the Russian troops finally arrive, Szpilman stumbles out of his hovel to greet them, but seeing his overcoat the Russians open fire on him.Roman Polanski's "The Pianist" is the director's finest achievement, and elevates Adrien Brody (Oscar win for Best Actor ) to eminence in his representation of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew 95%.
Aug 13, · The Pianist comes to Blu-ray with a p High Definition video presentation in the movie’s original theatrical aspect ratio of widescreen Whilst it is probably easily the best that the movie has ever looked, the image quality is not quite perfect. Polanski’s style for the piece is one.
THE PIANIST is the movie that made Adrien Brody the youngest-ever Best Actor Oscar winner, but it was hardly the first movie about the Holocaust. Skype Lessons. Please use the CONTACT FORMif you are interested in Skype lessons and I will email you the details.
I have a camera set-up directly over my keyboard just like in the videos. I also provide you with a video recording of the lesson so you can continue to review the material we covered. Oct 29, · The brilliant, thoughtful Daniil Trifonov kicked off a bold series of Perspectives programs at Carnegie Hall with a homage to Chopin.
Jan 01, · Concert pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's true-life tale of survival against all odds lacks the broad sweep of, say, Schlindler's List, but benefits enormously from the intimacy and immediacy of an 4/5.