The Pianist (2002)

The Pianist
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Adult themes, High level violence

Director: Roman Polanski
Actors: Adrien Brody, Ed Stoppard, Emilia Fox, Frank Finlay, Jessica Kate Meyer, Julia Rayner, Maureen Lipman, Thomas Kretschmann

Nominated for 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and winner of 3, The Pianist stars Oscar winner Adrien Brody in the true-life story of brilliant pianist and composer Wladyslaw Szpilman, the most acclaimed young musician of his time until his promising career was interrupted by the onset of World War II. This powerful, ultimately triumphant film follows Szpilman's heroic and inspirational journey of survival with the unlikely help from a sympathetic German officer. A truly unforgettable epic, testifying to both the power of hope and the resiliency of the human spirit, The Pianist is a miraculous tale of survival masterfully brought to life by visionary filmmaker Roman Polanski in his most personal movie ever.**

DVD
Status: QuickPick
Run time: 142mins
Origin: GERMANY
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 16:9 Enhanced
Audio Formats: English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English for the Hearing Impaired, English Titling

Member Reviews (99)

Bron
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This is a stunning movie - so beautifully acted and very moving. I saw this many years ago and recalled Adrien Brody being amazing in his role - I was just as impressed as I was before on this second viewing years later, he is mesmerising to watch. No movie about the Nazis persecution of the Jewish people in WW2 is easy viewing and this movie has a number of harrowing moments of brutality (nothing overly graphic though), however, the positive qualities of humanity also shine through, which ultimately makes this a very uplifting story of struggle and triumph over adversity. Based on the true life story of Polish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman, this movie is a must-see. And whatever you think of Roman Polanski, he sure knows how to make a great movie.
Posted Sunday, 6 July 2014 See my other reviews
Award winning movie and performances.
Posted Friday, 17 January 2014 See my other reviews
Lynnieb
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Sometimes it's only movies like this one that future generations will learn about the horrors of the World Wars and especially the holocaust. Even though it's a snippet, the unjust and cruelty is shown. Good movie and great acting. Leaves one feeling a little depressed about human beings sometime.
Posted Saturday, 7 December 2013 See my other reviews
Helen
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Incredibly moving story. Films such as this, along with Spielberg's Schindler's List and Benigni's Life is Beautiful, are so important to be made. The depiction of life during World War 2 for this Polish family and in particular this survivor is only a small but necessary reminder for us of the atrocities of war. Polanski has made a brilliant film of this heartbreaking but triumphant true story.
Posted Wednesday, 4 December 2013 See my other reviews
Louise
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Depressing story of German persecution of Jews. Couldn't watch more than half an hour of it. It might be good for students studying the Holocaust but unless you want to end up feeling miserable, don't watch it.
Posted Saturday, 9 November 2013 See my other reviews
Bambalorna
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The story was surprisingly weak for a Palme d'Or winner. The film shows the brutality of Nazis poignantly. This probably is why it won in Venice; memory of the 1940's, the most brutal decade of a brutal century, was fading and people thought we needed a reminder. Cinematography was also very good, maybe contributed to winning.
Posted Wednesday, 21 August 2013 See my other reviews
great movie
Posted Monday, 24 June 2013 See my other reviews
Judy E
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An excellent film and beautifully played. A little hard to watch in places if you have a tender heart.
Posted Monday, 17 June 2013 See my other reviews
Sort of a Polish version of Anne Frank. Almost a personal tribute from Polanski to the survivors of the Warsaw ghetto. A gripping saga entwined with some wonderful music and brilliant portrayal of Szpilman's life and career. Not to be missed .
Posted Friday, 19 April 2013 See my other reviews
Val
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I was very moved by this brilliant movie, which was based on fact. In places brutal, it still managed to show the kindness and bravery of people in imense fear and danger. The main Characters were excellent, settings realistic and the tension had me on the edge of my seat. The movie definitely deserves 5 stars.
Posted Tuesday, 16 April 2013 See my other reviews
Mary
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Loved it. A different slant on the usual holocaust movie. Great acting. Only pity it wasn't a "foreign" movie with subtitles. It was a bit disconcerting to listen to the varied British and American actors doing the accents. Emelia Fox was ok in this regard. Another one my husband liked.
Posted Thursday, 11 April 2013 See my other reviews
Art S.
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Adrian Brody gives a stunning and remarkably "internal" performance (because for half the movie he has no one to talk to) as a survivor of the Holocaust in Polanski's haunting remembrance of his youth (in the guise of telling Wladyslaw Szpilman's story). The Nazis roll into Poland and from then on the movie is one relentless and harrowing slide into darkness. This is gut-wrenching stuff made all the more so because it is based on true events-- the world really was that evil 70 years ago. And, yes, humankind is still capable of perpetrating such evil even today. I think I can hear deeper emotions in the playing of the piano just knowing the pianist's life story. But can you hear them if you don't know?
Posted Sunday, 31 March 2013 See my other reviews
euro7
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survival in grey color...
Posted Thursday, 28 March 2013 See my other reviews
DW
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After discussing this movie with some Polish friends, they said : "They also had seen it....and it is "terrifyingly accurate"
Posted Tuesday, 26 March 2013 See my other reviews
TRUE
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Based on true story of Wladyslaw Szpilman. Reminds me "Shindler's List" but seems even more sad and painful to watch. Having said that, it is a great film based on great book , hope to read the book one day...Highly recommended but be warned: this is not a cheerful nor uplifting film.
Posted Tuesday, 19 March 2013 See my other reviews
Jill
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I always enjoy a true story and this was no exception. Very good movie and good acting as well. Recommend.
Posted Monday, 11 March 2013 See my other reviews
how depressing sad and morbid. I could not get through this one.
Posted Thursday, 17 January 2013 See my other reviews
Tara
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I thought I was having a bad day until I watch this powerful captivating story of courage. Must see movie.
Posted Monday, 31 December 2012 See my other reviews
kathy
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fantistict movie, everything that happened in the movie was very correct, war is a terrible happening
Posted Friday, 30 November 2012 See my other reviews
Jenetta
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Great film. Heart renching. makes you really wonder about that crazy war. and how they treated the people. Very well acted. Well portrayed. A must see for everyone so nothing like that ever happens hopefully in the world again
Posted Thursday, 27 September 2012 See my other reviews
rob
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I felt disappointed and uneasy in watching this movie probably because it didn't quite manage to deliver on the story behind the tradegy that was taking place around our hero.
Posted Saturday, 8 September 2012 See my other reviews
nalaka
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Superb....what a wonderful performance by Brody....it's all written on his face...all the emotions...he deserves that award... "Szpilman's story of survival is incredible, but it's not especially heroic. Polanski nails all the moral dilemmas. Polanski has done a wonderful job...!! Glad that I got to see this... may peace prevail on earth...!!!
Posted Tuesday, 10 July 2012 See my other reviews
juliekym
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Excellent movie and can't believe it really happened.
Posted Monday, 18 June 2012 See my other reviews
louise
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A film that was very difficult to watch in places such was the atrocities of the Germans against the Jews in Warsaw. A very different angle of WW2 from polish perspective that follows the life of a Jewish family and in particular, the pianist. Beautifully done, compulsory viewing.
Posted Thursday, 7 June 2012 See my other reviews
stanarosa
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Very good. Shows how bad people can treat each other. Very moving story.
Posted Monday, 4 June 2012 See my other reviews
Posted by Gillian K
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A masterpiece, not a movie for the squeamish though - it shows the horrors faced by Jewish people during World War 2 with stark simplicity and horrifying abruptness. As a Chopin lover, I also was incredibly moved by how the love of music can transcend prejudices and unite supposed enemies.
Posted Monday, 4 June 2012 See my other reviews
sara klein
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Loved it.
Posted Tuesday, 8 May 2012 See my other reviews
Julia
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One of the best movies I have seen in a long time. I found it sad, captivating & was on the edge of my seat at times! Magnificently filmed and Adrien Brody at his best!
Posted Friday, 20 April 2012 See my other reviews
MAR
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How good was it? A true story gets me in every time!
Posted Sunday, 1 April 2012 See my other reviews
CK
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There's a reason why it's an Academy Award winner...
Posted Sunday, 11 March 2012 See my other reviews
Tanjill2
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Magnificent. a must see, Polanski's background could never be more relevent, You felt you were there, it's that absorbing. just a tad slow in places, but you hardly notice
Posted Wednesday, 22 February 2012 See my other reviews
Anne
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Amazing...have wanted to see it for ages and it didn't disappoint.
Posted Wednesday, 1 February 2012 See my other reviews
lee
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excellent
Posted Sunday, 8 January 2012 See my other reviews
Leonie Edwards
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A deeply moving story of never losing hope,never giving up and the power of the human spirit to survive even the most hopeless of situations.The true story is told of a Jewish pianist and composer in WW 2 ,what his family suffer at the hands of the German Army and yet the hand of Providence seems to be upon the young composer as time after time it steps in to deliver him.
Posted Friday, 23 September 2011 See my other reviews
Joshua
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A wonderful movie....capturing a part of history that shows mans inhumanity towards man....Well worth viewing....5 stars.
Posted Monday, 12 September 2011 See my other reviews
Lesley
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This was an amazing movie and I would recommend it to anyone. Beautiful and sad at the same time.
Posted Thursday, 21 July 2011 See my other reviews
gerd
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Could have also been called "The Survivor": an incredible story of survival in the face of truly horrific inhumanity amidst the most awful period of 20th century history. The film looks and sounds very authentic: signage in German and Polish, German soldiers speaking German, Poles replying to them in hesitant and faulty German ... except, bizarrely, Poles speaking English to each other! The movie was made in Poland, so surely they could have found some Polish actors. But it's a minor quibble with an otherwise excellent movie.
Posted Wednesday, 20 July 2011 See my other reviews
Mark
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Sad
Posted Thursday, 7 July 2011 See my other reviews
Lynne
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One of the all time great movies
Posted Tuesday, 28 June 2011 See my other reviews
colinsart
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Brilliant movie in all ways. Acting, storyline and photography...all superb!
Posted Thursday, 2 June 2011 See my other reviews
Sheri
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A grim story that highlights in great detail the atrocities waged against the Jewish community during World War 2. Grim but gripping, and heart wrenching too of course.
Posted Friday, 1 April 2011 See my other reviews
tracy
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wow fantastic film worth the wait, sad to see what the people went through and to see and this man fight to survive, and come out alive at the end great film thank you
Posted Tuesday, 29 March 2011 See my other reviews
Jody
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Ifound this movie very moving and piano playing sublime
Posted Thursday, 18 November 2010 See my other reviews
Gabrielle
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The only reason that Nazi helped him was because he KNEW the War was lost and it was all over for him. No way he would have saved a Jew if the Nazis became the "Masters of the World." A very sad story all round.
Posted Monday, 25 October 2010 See my other reviews
Julie
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Moving drama depicting the ravages of war and the plight of the Jews with their sympathetic allies during World War II - a graphic and sometimes shocking movie. If you liked Schindlers List, you will enjoy this one.
Posted Monday, 29 March 2010 See my other reviews
John
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This is an excellent movie set in exordinary times. Some scenes are not pretty but unfortunately they happened. It seens wrong to say I enjoyed this movie but I found it very good.
Posted Wednesday, 16 December 2009 See my other reviews
Matthew B.
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Heart breaking, beautifully told and visualised story of pianist's experience as a Jew in WWII Warsaw. Adrien Brody is magnificent!
Posted Friday, 21 August 2009 See my other reviews
Gene G.
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One of the best films viewed in my queue.Chopins Bllade no 1 in g is my favorite music and also Revolutionary Etude. Fantastic acting as well. VERY WELL PRODUCED MOVIE
Posted Monday, 11 August 2008 See my other reviews
Stuart H.
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Whilst this is a longer movie it is stunning. We forget the harshness of War and how people were treated and this is a stark reminder about that time. Good performances by the cast that showed everybody that lived in Poland stuggled with fear during those times.
Posted Wednesday, 9 July 2008 See my other reviews
Regiane S.
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Posted Tuesday, 24 June 2008 See my other reviews
Darlene W.
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Excellent movie that I could not take my eyes off. Evoked lots of feelings
Posted Friday, 2 May 2008 See my other reviews
William K.
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Posted Monday, 21 April 2008 See my other reviews
Ed V.
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Game back to this one and will do so in the future, to good for just once.Ed
Posted Friday, 28 March 2008 See my other reviews
Andrew R.
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Superbly written,acted and directed movie. Tells the true story of a Polish pianist whos career is interrupted by the onset of WW2. Will evoke strong emotions due to some fairly intense and cruel scenes but also some triumphs of the human spirit. Adrien Brody, who is the central character, won a Best Actor Oscar. An excellent window into the early days of the Nazi war machine and the Polish invasion, very vivid, shocking and emotionally charged. Highly recommended for lovers of good cinema, true stories and war buffs.
Posted Friday, 29 February 2008 See my other reviews
Gail M.
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complex feelings were portrayed with sensitivity through the eyes of an pianist (artist). Deeply moving and fabulous acting by the lead role.
Posted Tuesday, 12 February 2008 See my other reviews
Terence B.
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Powerful acting for a powerful film; well told story in a well directed film
Posted Tuesday, 22 January 2008 See my other reviews
Robyn K.
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Diane B.
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Pretty good.
Posted Thursday, 11 October 2007 See my other reviews
lucy
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Posted Friday, 31 August 2007 See my other reviews
John H.
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Posted Thursday, 23 August 2007 See my other reviews
Trisha M.
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A long movie, but gripping while confronting ... I felt it let the Poles off reasonably lightly, but an attempt is made to show both sides of the Polish attitude toard the plight of the Jews in their midst. It really put into sharp perspective the way the gradual loss of civil rights feels at first like something that can be endured for a while ... it reminded me of the frog and boiling water analogy. The casting was good, and the real-life aspect of the story quite inspiring.
Posted Monday, 20 August 2007 See my other reviews
Siobhan W.
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Wonderful film about the atrocities of war and the strength of courage and the human spirit in the face of great adversity.
Posted Monday, 16 April 2007 See my other reviews
Howard R.
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Good drama, excellent music, moving true story. Happy ending!
Posted Wednesday, 4 April 2007 See my other reviews
Ed V.
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Hi A very powerfull film a must see for everyone. Looking forward to chindlers list. Ed
Posted Wednesday, 7 February 2007 See my other reviews
Kun M.
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Kaarth
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This movie was quite confronting and made no apologies for doing so. Based on real events and experiences, this movie was brilliantly written, acted and directed.
Posted Friday, 15 December 2006 See my other reviews
David C.
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Posted Tuesday, 21 November 2006 See my other reviews
Clever Dick
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Although horrific at times, this is one of those films that will have you on the edge of your seat. Adrien Brody's performance is outstanding - well deserving of his Best Actor Oscar.
Posted Wednesday, 8 November 2006 See my other reviews
Kornelis V.
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Posted Wednesday, 18 October 2006 See my other reviews
Dylan F.
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Brilliant film taking in a powerful story and portayed in the most surreal situations. Casting is excellent.
Posted Wednesday, 4 October 2006 See my other reviews
Keiran
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A long but fascinating movie - worth watching until the end. The story covers the entire second world war from the view of a hiding Jewish pianist. The shots from his window on the progress of the war in the streets below is fascinating.
Posted Thursday, 27 July 2006 See my other reviews
Marie K.
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norri
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Excellent script,acting and filmwork. IT recalls how many of us can be turned into evil and inhumane individuals when consumed by hatred. Sadly we so often forget the lesson.
Posted Saturday, 27 May 2006 See my other reviews
Wendy A.
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Peter H.
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A great survival story.
Posted Sunday, 26 February 2006 See my other reviews
Jeffrey B.
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love true stories
Posted Wednesday, 15 February 2006 See my other reviews
Eddie M.
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Absolutely brilliant.
Posted Friday, 3 February 2006 See my other reviews
C. L.
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Brian C.
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Trevor Harrison
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Paul Mcbryde
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Posted Wednesday, 15 June 2005 See my other reviews
Jane Selby
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Posted Thursday, 19 May 2005 See my other reviews
Dan MS
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This movie is unforgettable. Very real-to-life and confronting in parts, it gives a first person perspective of the Nazi threat in Warsaw. Adrien Brody gives an amazing performance, and shows his deservingness of his Oscar win. In many ways this film is a quiet introspective film, and gives the viewer a real sense of isolation that these people must have felt.
Posted Friday, 15 April 2005 See my other reviews
Rob Tidd
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Posted Saturday, 9 April 2005 See my other reviews
Brian Graham
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Superb recreation of wartime Gemany situations, and of survival.
Posted Monday, 7 March 2005 See my other reviews
Yi Lin Phua
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Posted Wednesday, 12 January 2005 See my other reviews
Robert Gorey
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Engrossing
Posted Sunday, 28 November 2004 See my other reviews
Mihaela Nicoara
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Unforgetable scene !
Posted Wednesday, 24 November 2004 See my other reviews
Grant Cowin
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Posted Thursday, 18 November 2004 See my other reviews
Michael Cross
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Best movie I have seen in many a long year. Totally gripping drama.
Posted Tuesday, 16 November 2004 See my other reviews
Lorene Furmage
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A wonderful portrayal of survival against the odds. Heart-breaking but should be compulsory viewing. Set in Warsaw during WW2 it tells the story of the survival of a jewish pianist through the terror times of the ghetto and extermination camps created by the Nazis and his hiding in Warsaw towards the end of the war, his saving by a German officer and his ultimate triumph of returning to the concert stage. Includes the story behind the filming with interviews by Roman Polanski on his role in the films presentation.
Posted Tuesday, 19 October 2004 See my other reviews
Posted Thursday, 9 September 2004 See my other reviews
Steve Williams
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Posted Wednesday, 1 September 2004 See my other reviews
Maurice
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A masterpiece from the heart by Roman Polanski. Adrien Brody's performance is breathtaking!
Posted Wednesday, 21 July 2004 See my other reviews
Gavin Bond
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This holocaust saga is beautifully directed and photographed and tells of the devastating and heartbreaking story of the German invasion of Warsaw.Sure it's along movie but far more subtler than SCHINDLERS LIST (and other World War 2 dramas)and is a welcome return to form by director ROMAN POLANSKI!
Posted Wednesday, 23 June 2004 See my other reviews
pda
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Superb dramatisation of a Polish Jew pianist's struggles in German occupied Warsaw during World War 2. The quality of the absorbing story and acting quality is quite superb
Posted Friday, 4 June 2004 See my other reviews
Cinefile
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Posted Thursday, 29 April 2004 See my other reviews
Maria Motta
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watch it if you liked "Life is beautiful".. spare some tears
Posted Thursday, 22 April 2004 See my other reviews
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