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My Name Is Szpilman

  • Nov 17, 2009
There are countless movies out there today that reenact the terrible story of what happened to the Jews under the Nazi regime. Movies like Schindler’s List and Life is Beautiful come to mind. Yet although these movies are amazing films, I would have to say that The Pianist is a film that no one should go without seeing.

The Pianist based off the book written by Władysław Szpilman and was directed by Roman Polanski. The film follows the story of Szpilman a Jewish pianist living and working in Warsaw, Poland during the outbreak of WWII and the German invasion into Poland. You follow Szpilman’s struggles from being segregated, to being forced out of his home, to living in the Jewish Ghetto, to his escape and living in hiding, ultimately until the Soviet Red Army forced the German Army to leave Warsaw. You’ll meet Szpilman’s friend and enemies he encounter along the way as well as having a feeling as if you are in Szpilman’s shoes while watching the film. Adrian Brody who plays Szpilman does an amazing job in this film and really capture the character perfectly.

What makes this film so great is that is a very truthful and honest film. Unlike other Holocaust films that have a hero or the amazingly happy ending, The Pianist allows you to really feel what it was like to be a musician who has a passion for playing the piano and who had a relatively good reputation become a person who is barely scrapping by to live that can only dream about playing the piano in his head.

As a person who loves WWII era history and has seen a ton of Holocaust films, I would have to say this film affected me the most. I don’t want to spoil the film for you but there is one scene that made me almost break down.  I am never really emotionally affected by movies but for some reason this film broke that.  I highly recommend The Pianist to everyone and feel it deserved every award and nomination it received.
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June 25, 2010
Loved this movie...excellent review!
June 25, 2010
Thanks Man! It is truly one of the best holocaust movies out there. I usually don't get emotional in when watching movies but there are a few scenes in this one that put me over the edge. Thanks for the compliment!
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Quick Tip by . July 19, 2010
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I loved this film.. it was so beautiful and sad... a must see
Quick Tip by . October 03, 2009
Regardless of your view on Roman Polanski, this film is probably one of the best films I've ever seen. Adrien Brody is amazing in this film!
review by . May 20, 2009
The Pianist is Roman Polanski's most personal film to date and an acting tour de force for Adrian Brody. The movie takes place during World War II. A brilliant pianist is forced to live like an animal during the war. Since he's of Jewish heritage, his family and others that have been "branded" with the star of David are forced to life in concentration camps and ghettos. But this film is not about this topic, that has been beaten to death already. The Pianist is about surviving and keeping one's …
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The Academy Award winning film The Pianist is based upon a novel by the same name and it is directed by Roman Polanski.  Won Academy Awards for Best Actor (Adrien Brody)
Best Director (Roman Polanski) and Best Adapted Screenplay.
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Cast: Adrien Brody
Director: Roman Polanski
Genre: Drama, War
Release Date: 2002
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Ronald Harwood
Runtime: 150 minutes
Studio: Focus Features
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