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5.0 out of 5 stars Surviving destruction and genocide, 10 Jun 2008
This review is from: The Pianist [2002] [DVD] (DVD)
The Pianist is the true story of the struggle to survive the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto of Polish Jewish musician Wladyslaw Szpilman.

It tells how he survived against the odds , hiding in various parts of the city , before his life was saved by a German officer , who despised the Nazis brutality and genocide , a true righteous gentile , Captain Wilm Hosenfeld.
Unlike many personal holocaust accounts , which are of concentration and death camps , this one is an account of life and death in the Warsaw ghetto.

The movie portrays life and death in the ghetto : the disease , the starvation and the Nazi mass murders of hundreds of thousands of men , women and children. The imagery of the ghetto is brough to life, with heartrending scenes of the Jews being herded into and out of the ghetto and of Nazi brutality. REcreated scenes, will stay with the viewer, like a young woman being shot in the head for asking the Nazi guard where the Nazis are taking them, a mother holding a small boy who is dying of thirst, and begging for water for her child.
A little girl, holding an empty bird cage, and crying because she cannot find her family.
Roman Polanski has showed his flare for directing once again, and brilliant acting by Adrien Brody as Wladyslaw Szpilman, Emilia Fox as his gentile female friend Dorota, and Thomas Kretschmann as Captain Wilm Hosenfeld.
A story of one man's quest for survival, among the cruel genocide of millions.
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Initial post: 28 Aug 2011 00:06:09 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Aug 2011 00:11:33 BDT
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Just to add to your commentary. Szpilman survived 4 long years in the occupied city of Warsaw, helped and saved by many good people (not only by your good Captain). All of them, Hosenfeld included, risked an instant execution if caught sheltering a Jew.

It might be of interest to the readers that Szpilman was a witness to 2 uprisings. The first was the Ghetto Uprising in 1943. The next was the all-out Warsaw Uprising of 1944. It is after the second uprising that lasted 63 days when Szpilman (Brody) walks among total ruins of a deserted city - Germans ordered all surviving locals to leave Warsaw and then demolished remnants of the city, house after house, with dynamite on Hitler's order to bring the final punishment to the disobedient city.

Szpilman, as a sensitive artist and not a born fighter, did not fight neither in the 1943, nor in the 1944 uprisings.
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