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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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.**

MA15+
Adult themes, High level violence

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149mins

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  • 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.

  • Superb.

  • 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.

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