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Filmmaker Roman Polanski, who as a boy growing up in Poland watched while the Nazis devastated his country during World War II, directed this downbeat drama based on the true story of a privileged musician who spent five years struggling against the Nazi occupation of Warsaw. Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrien Brody) is a gifted classical pianist born to a wealthy Jewish family in Poland. The Szpilmans have a large and comfortable flat in Warsaw which Wladyslaw shares with his mother and father (Maureen Lipman and Frank Finlay), ...

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Penny C

Apr 15, 2015

Deeply Moving

An amazing, true story.
This movie is based on memoirs written only a few years after the events took place.
I also read the book by the same name, and the movie is a faithful account and brings the book to life. Only God could have preserved this fine musician to bring hope and restoration to the Polish people after the war.

Oregonian

Feb 2, 2009

A powerful work

Director Roman Polanski has done a fine work by creating THE PIANIST on the screen.

The story about a Polish Jew, who evades imprisonment in the Warsaw ghetto and begins a precarious existence on the increasingly war-ravaged streets of Poland, was adapted from the book by Wladyslaw Szpilman. Screenwriter Ronald Harwood did an excellent job on the screenplay and Polanski delivers a powerful film.

Al of the actors, including Academy Award winner Adrien Brody, performed wonderfully.

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