The pianist

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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), his sisters Halina and Regina (Jessica Kate Meyer and Julia Rayner), and his brother, Henryk (Ed Stoppard). While Wladyslaw and his family are aware of the looming presence of German forces and Hitler's designs on Poland, they're convinced that the Nazis are a menace which will pass, and that England and France will step forward to aid Poland in the event of a real crisis. Wladyslaw's naïveté is shattered when a German bomb rips through a radio studio while he performs a recital for broadcast. During the early stages of the Nazi occupation, as a respected artist, he still imagines himself above the danger, using his pull to obtain employment papers for his father and landing a supposedly safe job playing piano in a restaurant. But as the German grip tightens upon Poland, Wladyslaw and his family are selected for deportation to a Nazi concentration camp. Refusing to face a certain death, Wladyslaw goes into hiding in a comfortable apartment provided by a friend. However, when his benefactor goes missing, Wladyslaw is left to fend for himself and he spends the next several years dashing from one abandoned home to another, desperate to avoid capture by German occupation troops. The Pianist was based on the memoir of the same name by the real-life Wladyslaw Szpilman; the book was first published in 1946 as Death of a City, but was banned by Polish Communist officials and went out of print until 1998, when a new edition was issued as The Pianist. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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display_description Based on the memoirs of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew, who was a brilliant pianist. He watched as his family was shipped off to Nazi labor camps. He managed to escape and lived for years in the ruins of Warsaw, hiding from the Nazis.
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subject_facet Biographical films, DVD-Video discs, Feature films, Feature films -- Great Britain, Fiction films, Film adaptations, Films for the hearing impaired, Historical films, Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Poland -- Warsaw -- Personal narratives, Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Poland -- Warsaw -- Personal narratives -- Drama, Jewish musicians -- Fiction, Jewish musicians -- Poland -- Warsaw -- Biography, Jewish musicians -- Poland -- Warsaw -- Biography -- Drama, Jews -- Poland -- Warsaw -- Biography, Jews -- Poland -- Warsaw -- Biography -- Drama, Jews -- Poland -- Warsaw -- Fiction, Szpilman, Władysław -- Drama, Video recordings for the hearing impaired, Videodiscs, Warsaw (Poland) -- Fiction
title_display The pianist
title_full The pianist / a Roman Polanski film ; R.P. Productions, Heritage Films, Studio Babelsberg, Runteam Ltd. ; produced by Roman Polanski, Robert Benmussa, Alain Sarde ; screenplay by Ronald Harwood, The pianist [videorecording] / a Roman Polanski film ; a France-Poland-Germany-United Kingdom coproduction ; R.P. Productions, Heritage Films, Studio Babelsberg, Runteam Ltd. with the participation of Canal+ ... [et al.] ; produced by Roman Polanski, Robert Benmussa, Alain Sarde ; screenplay by Ronald Harwood
title_short The pianist
topic_facet Feature films, Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), Jewish musicians, Jews, Szpilman, Władysław, Videodiscs
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