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.


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.**

Adult themes, High level violence


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Member Reviews

  • A wonderful film. I am always affected by classical piano and this film certainly did that. The piano playing did a lot to be able to tolerate the German brutality shown so realistically. I will probably re-order sometime in the future.

  • This looked like a really good movie but unfortunately I admit I only had time to watch a quarter of it before I had to send it back.

  • The brutality of the German war machine in Poland depicted here only scratches the surface compared to what really happened. Polanski did a brilliant job with this but I guess he had to pull back to some extent, this already upsets people enough and I guess we all get the gist of it. The arrogance and crulty of the Nazis instilled real terror into the whole Polish population and the jews obviously copped it worse than anyone. Then just as the Nazis were defeated the whole nation cops it again from the other despot, Stalin. A brief history at the beginning would have been beneficial for the young audience for whom this is just history.

  • Exceeded expectations.

  • Top notch, concur with all other positive comments here. Highly recommend.

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