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A Story of Survival: Behind the Scenes of 'The Pianist' (2003)



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Credited cast:
Roman Polanski ... Himself
Adrien Brody ... Himself
Gene Gutowski ... Himself
Robert Benmussa Robert Benmussa ... Himself
Wladyslaw Szpilman ... Himself (archive footage)
Ronald Harwood ... Himself
Thomas Kretschmann ... Himself
Allan Starski ... Himself
Anna B. Sheppard ... Herself (as Anna Sheppard)
Pawel Edelman ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrzej Szpilman Andrzej Szpilman ... Himself
Christopher Szpilman Christopher Szpilman ... Himself
Halina Szpilman Halina Szpilman ... Herself


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Documentary | Short







Release Date:

27 May 2003 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Historia de una supervivencia See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This documentary is featured on both the 2- and 3-disc Canadian DVD releases, and the US 1-disc DVD for The Pianist (2002). See more »


Features The Pianist (2002) See more »

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10 October 2003 | by petershelleyauSee all my reviews

This long plug for The Pianist features so many excerpts from the film that it might be too much for someone who hasn't seen it. However it also has actor and crew interviews, on the set rehearsals, alternate takes (mostly closer camera set-ups), archival footage not used in the film, footage of the real Wladyslaw Szpilman, and a main lengthy interview with director Roman Polanski. The set for the ruined Warsaw is explained as an old Russian army barracks, Polanksi gets some chuckles from his anecdote of seeing the actors who played the mean Germans in their ordinary look, but Adrien Brody's speaking of method behavior to match the conditions endured by his character is tiresome.

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