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The Pianist is a movie detailing a Polish Jewish classical pianist and the years he spent during the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto in World War II.

IS IT GOOD TO SAY I’LL NEVER WATCH THIS AGAIN?

I really don’t like war movies. I’m pretty sensitive to gore and violence, especially when it’s portraying things that really happened, rather than random, fictional events. Which is why I haven’t seen this movie until today. The Pianist definitely falls into the category: “An excellent movie that I will never watch again.”  I’m saying that as a compliment, the filmmakers accomplished their goal of making the movie realistic, and of making the audience feel something.

MOVIE INFO

  • Starring: Adrien Brody
  • Rated: R for graphic violence, disturbing images and brief, strong language.
  • Released: 2002
  • Genre: War, Drama, Biography, Inspirational
  • My Opinion: Disturbing but I’m glad I watched it.

NON SPOILER SUMMARY

The Pianist is based on the autobiography of Władysław Szpilman. He was a Polish Jewish classical pianist that escaped deportation to the extermination camps, and survived by living in the ruins of Warsaw.  The movie takes us from the time the Warsaw ghetto was created up until the end of the war.  Watching this movie exposes you to the fear, hatred, and confusion Mr. Szpilman felt, yet also allows you to feel his kindness, hope, and will to live.

CIN’S REVIEW

Oh… my knees go weak and my stomach turns to watch movies that portray disturbing actual events, horrific events. So, it’s not often I watch a movie about such sensitive subjects. I remember when The Pianist was released, it received so much attention, so much praise. Yet I knew I didn’t want to see it.  I was coerced by a friend today, that insisted I watch it. The words he used to change my mind: “I love the way his passion holds him to life, helps him to survive.”  So, I watched, and was inspired.  The scenes where Władysław is playing the piano on a flat wooden surface and hearing the music in his mind brought tears to my eyes.  The Pianist is worthy of the 7 Oscar nominations it received, winning 3.

Read move about the amazing true story of Władysław Szpilman at Wikipedia.

WHERE TO FIND THE PIANIST

  • You can rent The Pianist at any movie store or Netflix.
  • You can purchase this movie at Amazon.com.
  • There are also plenty of good used copies at eBay.
  • You can watch The Pianist online via Amazon Instant Video.

CRAVING MORE MOVIES?

If you liked The Pianist you might also like Schindler’s List, starring Liam Neeson, about a man that spends his entire fortune to help save Jews from Auschwitz.