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The Pianist (2002)

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Coming Out at 25 September 2002 in theaters

Biography, Drama, Music

The Pianist is biographical war drama film produced and directed by Roman Polanski, with a script by Ronald Harwood, and starring Adrien Brody. It is based on the autobiographical book The Pianist (1946), a Holocaust memoir by the Polish-Jewish pianist and composer Władysław Szpilman, a Holocaust survivor. The film was a co-production of France, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Poland.

The Pianist met with significant critical praise, and received multiple awards and nominations. It was awarded the Palme d’Or at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. At the 75th Academy Awards, the film won for Best Director (Polanski), Best Adapted Screenplay (Harwood), and Best Actor (Brody), and was nominated for four others, including the Best Picture. It also won the BAFTA Award for Best Film and BAFTA Award for Best Direction in 2003, and seven French Césars, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor for Brody. It was included in BBC’s 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century in 2016.

In September 1939, Władysław Szpilman, a Polish-Jewish pianist, is playing live on the radio in Warsaw when the station is bombed during Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland. Hoping for a quick victory, Szpilman rejoices with his family at home when learning that Britain and France have declared war on Germany. But the promised aid does not come. Fighting lasts for just over a month, with both the German and Soviet armies invading Poland at the same time on different fronts. Warsaw becomes part of the Nazi-controlled General Government. Jews are soon prevented from working or owning businesses, and are also made to wear blue Star of David armbands.

By November 1940, Szpilman and his family are forced from their home into the overcrowded Warsaw Ghetto, where conditions only get worse. People starve, the guards are brutal, and starving children are abandoned in the streets. On one occasion, the Szpilmans witness the SS kill an entire family in an apartment across the street during a round-up.

Director: Roman Polanski

Writers: Ronald Harwood, Wladyslaw Szpilman (book)

Stars: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Adrien Brody, Emilia Fox, Michal Zebrowski, Ed Stoppard, Maureen Lipman, Jessica Kate Meyer

Cast:

Adrien BrodyWladyslaw Szpilman
Emilia FoxDorota
Michal ZebrowskiJurek
Ed StoppardHenryk
Maureen LipmanMother
Frank FinlayFather
Jessica Kate MeyerHalina
Julia RaynerRegina
Wanja MuesSS Slapping Father
Richard RidingsMr. Lipa
Nomi SharronFeather Woman
Anthony MilnerMan Waiting to Cross
Lucy SkeapingStreet Musician
Roddy SkeapingStreet Musician
Ben HarlanStreet Musician
Thomas LawinkySchutzpolizei
Joachim Paul AssböckSchutzpolizei
Roy SmilesItzak Heller
Paul BradleyYehuda
Daniel CaltagironeMajorek
Andrzej BlumenfeldBenek
Darian WawerChild at the Wall
Zbigniew ZamachowskiCustomer with Coins
Lejb FogelmanCustomer with Coins
Detlev von WangenheimSS Officer
PopeckRubenstein
Zofia CzerwinskaWoman with Soup
Emilio FernandezThe Soup Snatcher
Udo KroschwaldSchultz
Uwe RathsamSS Shooting the Woman
Joanna BrodzikWoman Shot in the Head
Katarzyna BargielowskaWailing Woman
Maja OstaszewskaWoman with Child
John BennettDr. Ehrlich
Cyril ShapsMr. Grün
Wojciech SmolarzBoy with Sweets
Lech MackiewiczFellow Worker
Ruth PlattJanina
Frank-Michael KöbeSS Shooting Benek
Torsten FlachZig Zag
Peter RappenglückSS Making a Speech
Ronan VibertJanina’s Husband
Krzysztof PieczynskiGebczynski
Katarzyna FiguraNeighbour
Valentine PelkaDorota’s Husband
Andrew TiernanSzalas
Tom StraussDr. Luczak
Thomas KretschmannCaptain Wilm Hosenfeld
Cezary KosinskiLednicki
Grzegorz Artman
Adam Bauman
Pawel BurczykPolish Workman
Zbigniew Dziduch
Marian Dziedziel
Nina FranoszekPolish Woman
Jerzy Góralczyk
John KeoghPolish Officer
Jaroslaw Kopaczewski
Patrick Lanagan
Dmitri LeshchenkoRussian Soldier
Dorota Liliental
Rafal MohrSchutzpolizei
Andrzej PieczynskiPrisoner
Morgane PolanskiGirl
Norbert Rakowski
Piotr Siejka
Viola Szen
Andrzej Szenajch
Tomasz Tyndyk
Andrzej Walden
Zbigniew Walerys
Maciej Winkler
Tadeusz Wojtych
Andrzej Zielinski
Maurycy ZylberGerman Film Crew
Xawery Zylber
Tomasz CiszewskiJew
Rafal DajborSoldier
Roman Garbowski
Anna GryszkaWoman in Ghetto
Adrian HoodPiano Buyer
Ryszard KlugeJew Working on the Bulding Site
Maciej KowalewskiSS Officer
Ireneusz MachnickiSS Officer
Pawel MalaszynskiMan in Ghetto
Adam MaleckiGerman Soldier in the Ghetto
Arnold MonteySS Officer
Aleksandra NizynskaGirl
Axel PrahlGerman Soldier – Rummage Bags
Dagmara SieminskaWomen in Ghetto
Izabella SzolcWomen in Ghetto
Dawid SzurmiejMan in Ghetto
Borys SzycYoung Gestapo
Jacek WolszczakMan in Ghetto
Pawel Zdun

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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