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The Pianist

8.52 h 22 min2003X-Ray15
This moving and haunting story of survival is based on concert pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's memoirs. Escaping deportation, the musician is left behind in the Warsaw ghetto and forced to hide in empty flats to evade capture while scavenging for food.
Roman Polanski
Jessica Kate MEmilia FoxFrank Finlay
DramaMilitary and War
English [CC]
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Thomas KretschmannMaureen LipmanJessica Kate MeyerJulia RaynerEd StoppardAdrien Brody
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4.7 out of 5 stars

2993 global ratings

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Verified purchaserReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 November 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic true story about the brutality and kindnesses during the holocaust
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This film is excellently produced and directed with superb acting. It is a film that holds your attention. It’s amazing any Jews survived that horrific time in Nazi lead countries. Today we are still discovering and learning about new atrocities and more heroic stories. This period in time must never be forgotten, it shows the depravity humans can sink to when encouraged by people of power: bullies and thugs operating within the law.
We should be very proud that in today’s world we have professionals fighting for our human rights when needed.
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sueReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 August 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A brilliant film
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This film was very harrowing, but I feel everyone should see it, to remember, so it will not happen again. It is frightening that it started with a small thing, “ you must wear a n armband, “ and evolved into the holocaust. The acting was superb, and of course the story was so poignant, as it was true. I recommend everyone watches, and hopefully we have learnt enough, that it would never happen again. Saying all that, it is a must see film, with brilliant acting.
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Jonathan Green TS3Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 April 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant and inspiring
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This DVD "The Pianist" is a must have for your collection- This is an incredible and inspiring true story of a man, living and suffering at a time of such cruelty that we couldn't even begin to imagine it. It tells of some wonderful people at their very best, but sadly others who were an their very worst - this man Spielmann never lost faith, despite losing everyone in his family.
The bonus on this DVD is extra with Roman Polanski the director explaining about what happened and how he wanted authenticity throughout and achieved it! There is lots of original archive film of the time and people who had been there at the time - speaking about their experience -
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sam the eagleReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 February 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great film, of a disturbing era.
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The pianist is a true story, difficult to watch knowing it really happened, like all movies about the destruction of the jews by the nazi,s it is horrific to watch, it is difficult to understand the reasons why this happened and it makes me feel vulnerable to what the human race is capable of doing. a lot of it was filmed in warsaw, in the praga district which gives it an authentic feel, some of it was shot at one particular part of warsaw old town which was actually rebuilt after the war. the acting is great and the director seemed to have learned a lot from the great polish director andrej wajda who was fantastic at making films about the war from a polish perspective.
4 people found this helpful
Alan FariaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 November 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie, but disappointing edition...
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Love this movie it's my favourite holocaust movie after Schindler's list. But this is a disappointing edition...
1st there are no subtitles of any kind.
2nd there are no extras not even a director's commentary.
The image and sound are very good. But honestly it's a cake that needs the cherry on top. But this is a great movie with a beautiful story based on real facts... I just wish they added more on this edition...
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dorisReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 November 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Stunning in every way
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Biopic - 2002 Academy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated film starring Adrien Brody (who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as "Władysław Szpilman" in this film). his is a monumental film in so many ways and here is the Wikipedia review that sums it up -

And for Music lovers it is especially poignant with two memorable scenes for pianists, not least the occasion when Szpilman is hiding in a room with a piano he dare not play (torture) and the other where he has to play for a Nazi Officer.

The sound track for this film is also outstanding and for Chopin lovers in particular, it won't disappoint. In 2003, the music won the César Award for Best Music Written for a Film, and was also nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music.

The Chopin pieces are played by Polish pianist Janusz Olejniczak and the original score piece was composed by Wojciech Kilar. The music in the actual movie also includes pieces by Beethoven and Bach.

1."Nocturne in C-sharp Minor (1830)" - Frédéric Chopin, Score at IMSLP (4:12)
2."Nocturne in E Minor, Op. 72, No. 1" - Frédéric Chopin (4:31)
3."Nocturne in C Minor, Op. 48, No. 1" - Frédéric Chopin (5:57)
4."Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38" - Frédéric Chopin (7:41)
5."Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23" - Frédéric Chopin (9:01)
6."Waltz No. 3 in A Minor, Op. 34, No. 2" - Frédéric Chopin (5:13)
7."Prelude in E Minor, Op. 28, No. 4" - Frédéric Chopin (2:34)
8."Andante spianato in G Major" - Frédéric Chopin (4:28)
9."Grande Polonaise brillante in E-flat major" - Frédéric Chopin (9:31)
10."Moving to the Ghetto Oct. 31, 1940" - Wojciech Kilar (1:52)
11."Mazurka in A Minor, Op. 17, No. 4" - Frédéric Chopin (3:42)
6 people found this helpful
Anne Eraov-ReviewsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 May 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Piano Concerto
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When History recounts 'her story' in 'a true movie' - it's usually a powerful, provocative & emotive movie. The realities of hate, love, peace & war are sometimes revealed. Likewise, the strength of this war-time movie is the kindness shown by one German Officer - who, when situated on his own & away from the luring lights of fellow officers, allowed 'an enemy' to live.
The Pianist 'comes into his own' towards the very end of the movie.

Thank You!
2 people found this helpful
JoReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 May 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Second time watching.
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I saw this film many years ago, and decided to watch it again recently. It didn't have quite the same impact as the first time I saw it, probably as I'm a bit older and more objective. But for a wider perspective of the war story of Poland it gave me more information, as well as the lengths he had to go to in order to remain alive. Sobering historical drama. If you want a thought provoking film, this can fit the bill.
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