Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade.
In this adaptation of the autobiography "The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945," Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jewish radio station pianist, sees Warsaw change gradually as World War II begins. Szpilman is forced into the Warsaw Ghetto, but is later separated from his family during Operation Reinhard. From this time until the concentration camp prisoners are released, Szpilman hides in various locations among the ruins of Warsaw. Written by
Director Roman Polanski considers this his best film. At the end of the documentary Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir (2011), interviewer Andrew Braunsberg asks him which of his own films he believes to be absolutely perfect, and wouldn't change a frame if he could. To this, Polanski replies: "If any film cannisters were to be placed on my grave, I'd like them to be The Pianist's". See more »
When Szpilman is playing in the closing scenes, the piano's "Steinway & Sons" logo is the style first used in the 1990s. See more »
last weekend, I saw Roman Polanski's The Pianist and what a movie. The
grizzly reality feeling of the movie shell-shocked me in the first place
later on I recognized the pure feeling of the film: The horror what war
with innocent people truly is. the main story isn't about a war hero, but
about people who don't want to die in this madness. Every aspect of the
is really done for an reason and in his place and you don't feel this as
the music is what hit me the most. the classical tunes had such an
impact on me and portrayed the feelings of the main role of the pianist.
fact that there are no hero's in a war movie is for me more than a welcome
benefit. No war in the world should have hero's who can't die. Everybody
this movie can die, every second of it. The scary moments are real scary.
bottom line: ten times as realistic as the also brilliant Schindler's
and twenty times better than Saving private Ryan for the lack of hero's
there is no patriotism at all.
ten out of ten, best movie of 2002
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