The Pianist

The Pianist

DVD - 2002
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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.
Publisher: Toronto : TVA Films, 2002
ISBN: 9780783292656
Branch Call Number: PIA
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (149 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4in

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 13, 2017

This movie is my most favourite movie that was based on real-time events. If you are a fan of history, specifically WWII, this movie drives the emotional aspect into your heart. Nothing seems over-the-top, nothing seems too under-exaggerated, everything is just perfect. Firstly, the acting is spot on. Usually, when watching history-based movies, somewhere along the movie, I cringe at the exaggerated acting. However, Adrien Brody (as well as the rest of the cast) did such a terrific job, sometimes I forgot I was even watching a movie. Secondly, everything seems realistic. Polanski doesn't use death for shock factor, he uses it to get his point across and to show viewers the horrors of that moment in time. Lastly, the symbolism that is constantly portrayed throughout this movie is incredible. I don't want to spoil anything, but the delicate moments throughout the movie are always accompanied with some beautiful type of symbolism. In conclusion, I would rate this movie a 10/10.
- @Sonorous of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Mmegood
Jan 06, 2017

I own this movie. This is an amazing survival story of famed concert pianist Szpielman. I would recommend this film for mature adults. Not a film for the faint of heart. I watched a documentary on real film footage that was discovered since the War that the Nazis had taped in Warsaw for their propaganda. Much of the film mirrors what is shown on that documentary (found through Netflix and the title escapes me currently.)

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daveweir22
Jan 04, 2017

Famed pedophile Roman Polanski perfectly cast Adrian Brody's nose to star in his phallic daydream "The Penist"

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dprodrig
Dec 20, 2016

Watching the extras adds an amazing element to this movie, when you hear Roman Polanski describe how he integrated his experiences into the realistic portrayal of life for Jews in this period of time, it sends chills up the spine. I also enjoyed the movie, but it is very different than most from this period as it focuses only on the experience of one individual who spent quite a bit of time hiding and on the run within Warsaw. It is amazing he survived at all.

Wonderful, wonderful film ... a credit to Adrien Brody and to the enigmatic Roman Polanski ..
5 out of five ..

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taviwan
May 17, 2016

If you love WWII history with NAZI, this is an interesting movie about the great pianist survived from the war. Very interesting and enjoyable, a bit sad story.

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just1morepixel
Feb 17, 2016

This is one of my most favorite WWII movies ever. Though I'm dedicated to the book and the movie did differ periodically, Roman Polanski did a fantastic job uniting his and Władysław's experiences of ghetto life. Adrian Brody also did an amazing job portraying the animal-like life Władek miraculously survived, and deserves every award and nomination he received. This film is guaranteed to make you gasp and hold your breath, chuckle genuinely or sardonically, or occasionally weep where the expression of empathetic sorrow is merited. And please, if you get the chance... read Szpilman's book.

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AnastasiaBella
Dec 04, 2015

One of the few true masterpieces of cinema, this film is utter perfection. Set in Poland during WWII, this film follows the survival of one member of a family - the pianist - that was torn apart and slaughtered by the Nazis' anti-semetic "purges". Also widely considered to be THE definitive movie on the holocaust, without showing any graphic or disturbing images. A moving and uplifting story of hope, survival and the importance of civilians owning guns. An important warning for us to heed now. Remember the Nazis also claimed gun control and registration was for the people's "security" and "safety", to "protect" them from "criminals" and "terrorists", but by the time the Jews realized that they had been lied to, it was too late. Though not mentioned in the film, a large percentage of European Jews owned firearms before the holocaust began. They were told that the new gun registry was mandatory and only set up to "prevent" crime, then that same registry was used to confiscate all of the Jews' firearms and later those of the rest of the population. Had they known that they were being disarmed to make them easier to kill and to prevent resistance to being sent to death camps, they surely would have never registered their guns in the first place. This film depicts the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, the largest single revolt by Jews in WWII who were opposing the remaining people of the ghetto being sent to extermination camps, as they were ordered to be sent to. (The nerve of the Nazis to expect people to willingly comply to their own murder, no different than, I suppose, the nerve then in Europe and now in America to expect everyone to willingly register their guns, only for now they are withholding the term "Jew" so people won't notice the correlation to the Nazi gun control laws.) Guns were smuggled in via the underground and enabled the Jewish resistance to fight and hold out against the enemy for almost a month. Inspirational and true, many people, including many women, have made the decision to purchase a firearm after watching this movie, and for many it is a first step in personal and home self-defense education, (which even in peace time is a good thing, both to help prevent the horrors of history from being repeated and to help prevent common criminals from harming us or our loved ones. After all, by the time the police arrive at the scene, it's usually too late, and the crime has already been committed). But the film itself is a treasure, the performances brilliant and the music -- absolutely beautiful.

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Janice21383
Sep 01, 2015

The Pianist has many merits, but it's more like a collection of anecdotes than a story that hangs together. There are hints as to Mr. Szpilman's character, but never felt I got to know him as a person, as opposed to an appalled witness to tragedy. The Pianist is highly influenced by Polanski's own childhood memories of the Holocaust, and overall, it might have been a better film if it had been a straightforward account of his own experiences.

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COURIER3
Aug 07, 2015

Excellent true story. I would not have known about this 2003 movie had I not seen it on the dashboard for recently reviewed movies. I keep telling myself no more Nazi movies, but i can't resist a true story about the most famous pianist in Jewish Poland. Bonus features are on flip side which I chose not watch after a 148 minute movie.

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Mmegood
Jan 06, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There is a person on fire that jumps from a building. Expect to see scenes that include starved individuals. Also expect a sort of Russian Roulette.

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Mmegood
Jan 06, 2017

Violence: Gun violence, physical harm to individuals including beatings with clubs and whips.

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Mmegood
Jan 06, 2017

Coarse Language: Bullying language and yelling.

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Ron@Ottawa
Sep 13, 2012

Violence: Random execution of selected prisoners, with a bullet in close range to the head and done repeatedly for a number of times. These and other similar scenes are not good for young children for sure.

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lukeooo2
Jan 29, 2012

Violence: this movie has some grusome bits

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zorg
Sep 24, 2009

Violence: A few scenes in particular have particularly and brutal parts. In one scene, the entire scene, lasting about 3 or 4 minutes, is of the complete murder/ torture of an apartment building full of people.

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Jan 29, 2012

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