- UK / France / Germany / Netherlands / Poland
- 2h 29min
- Directed by: Roman Polanski
- Cast: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Maureen Lipman, Emilia Fox, Michał Żebrowski
- Language: English, Polish, German, Russian
An intensely personal film from acclaimed Polish director Polanski, as he himself survived the Krakow ghetto, 'The Pianist' follows the persecution of the Jews in Warsaw during World War II. The focus is on brilliant Polish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman (Brody) who escapes deportation to an extermination camp and is left struggling for survival in the wasteland that's left of Warsaw. Adapted from Szpilman's memoirs and making use of Polanski's own childhood memories, 'The Pianist' is undoubtedly a brave and ambitious project. Although rewarded by its winning the Palme d'Or at last year's Cannes Film Festival, it is, however, debatable whether this film won on its worthiness rather than it being a coherent and compelling narrative.
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