The Studio Canal Collection presents...
Based on a true story, The Pianist
tells the story of a brilliant Polish pianist, Wladyslaw Szpilman (Academy Award ® Winner, Adrien Brody), a Jew, who escapes deportation to the German detention camps during World War II. Forced to live in the heart of the Warsaw ghetto, he shares the humiliation and the struggles of the occupation whilst hiding in the ruins of the capital. From acclaimed director Roman Polanski, who won an Oscar for the film, as did Ronald Harwood, for his script. Special Features
- Original Trailer
- A story of survival: behind the scene of the pianist
- Interview with writer Ronald Harwood
- Interview with Andrzej Szpilzman
- Interview with Daniel Szpilzman
Winner of the prestigious Golden Palm award at the 2002 Cannes film festival, The Pianist
is the film that Roman Polanski was born to direct. A childhood survivor of Nazi-occupied Poland, Polanski was uniquely suited to tell the story of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew and concert pianist (played by Adrien Brody) who witnessed the Nazi invasion of Warsaw, miraculously eluded the Nazi death camps, and survived throughout World War II by hiding among the ruins of the Warsaw ghetto. Unlike any previous dramatization of the Nazi holocaust, The Pianist
steadfastly maintains its protagonist's singular point of view, allowing Polanski to create an intimate odyssey on an epic wartime scale, drawing a direct parallel between Szpilman's tenacious, primitive existence and the wholesale destruction of the city he refuses to abandon. Uncompromising in its physical and emotional authenticity, The Pianist
strikes an ultimate note of hope and soulful purity. As with Schindler's List
, it's one of the greatest films ever made about humanity's darkest chapter. --Jeff Shannon
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