The Pianist

The Pianist 2002

Follows the struggles of one of Europe's most accomplished pianists as World War II grips his native Poland and anti-Jewish laws tear him and his family apart.
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Adult themes, High level violence


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.**

Member Reviews

  • 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.

  • Award winning movie and performances.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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