The Pianist (Blu-ray)
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- Rated: R
- Encoding: Region A
- Released: July 13, 2021
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Shout Factory
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Maureen Lipman, Emilia Fox, Ed Stoppard, Julia Rayner & Jessica Kate Meyer
|Michael Zebrowski, Ruth Platt, Richard Ridings, Daniel Caltagirone, John Bennett, Krzysztof Pieczynski & Andrew Tiernan
|Hervé de Luze
|Roman Polanski, Robert Benmussa & Alain Sarde
|Director of Photography:
Academy Awards 2002 - Best Actor: Adrien Brody
Academy Awards 2002 - Best Adapted Screenplay: Ronald Harwood
Academy Awards 2002 - Best Director: Roman Polanski
Cannes 2002 - Palme d'Or: Not Applicable
Old-fashioned in both visual and narrative style and in its overall restraint, the film clearly benefits from the director's first-hand knowledge of the territory. Full Review
...THE PIANIST achieves the monumental without abandoning the modesty of its origins....Polanski's strange genius serves Szpilman's remembrance...
Los Angeles Times
The Pianist is a serious movie brought out in a tabloid-besotted time, a prestige picture that invigorates, a study of character and history that knows irony to be a part of life and not the purpose of art.
Rating: 4/4 -- By comparison, Schindler's List is Pretentious Hollywood crap. Full Review
Three Movie Buffs
Rating: A+ -- Roman Polanski's "The Pianist" is the director's finest achievement, and elevates Adrien Brody (Oscar win for Best Actor 2002) to eminence in his representation of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew who survived the Nazi occupation of Warsaw. Full Review
...THE PIANIST is a worthy Holocaust drama and a welcome return to form for Roman Polanski...
The loneliness, guilt and impotence on Brody's face is haunting. His performance is extraordinary. Full Review
Sydney Morning Herald
Roman Polanski's THE PIANIST is based on the memoirs of the talented pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrian Brody), a Polish Jew, who miraculously survived World War II. The first half of the film transports viewers to 1939 Poland, and brings it to life clearly and believably. Szpilman is a tall, handsome, winsome man who is revered for his piano performances on public radio. He lives with his family--an intelligent, loving, and spirited bunch--in an upscale flat in central Warsaw. Bombings have begun to torment the citizens of Warsaw, and step by step, the Nazis infiltrate, the Jews are branded and set apart from their neighbors, imprisoned in a ghetto, and slowly exterminated. The story is told through Szpilman's eyes, and thus carries as much confusion and fear as disgust and torment. Polanski paints Warsaw in bleak shades of gray and black, expressing the helplessness of the Jewish people and the cruelty of the Nazis with captivating photography. In the second half of the film, which takes place in the early 1940s, Szpilman is alone, having managed to avoid the trains to the death camps. His struggle to survive, with some help from non-Jews but mostly his own will to thrive, takes place in long, silent, languid stretches filled with the imagined piano music that inspires Szpilman to live. In a climactic scene of immense beauty and spine-tingling tension, Szpilman must actually perform for a German soldier who is inexplicably patrolling the near-deserted and utterly dilapidated Warsaw ghetto. THE PIANIST, in the subtlety of its sublime and heartbreaking tale, is carried by the intensely moving performance of Brody, whose transformation is truly unforgettable.
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