The film, The Pianist, was released in 2002 by Polish-French filmmaker Roman Polanski, I chose to watch this one today as in 2 days’ time it is the highly anticipated 88th Academy Awards and to celebrate I decided to only watch Oscar Winning films and this is one I hadn’t seen until now.
It tells the true story of Wladyslaw Szpilman, played by Adrian Brody, a Jewish Polish pianist who gets caught up in the German empowerment of Walsall, Poland in the Second World War. The first half of the film tells the story of him and his family loosing there home, lives, jobs and dignity to the evil of the Nazi government. Due to his friendship with a Jewish officer, Szpilman manages to escape the one way trip to the concentration camps and manages to hide. The second half follows him through the trials and tribulations of Nazi Poland.
This film is utterly stunning, there is no fault with the production, the script and the acting is virtually flawless. Having not seen this film up until now I am ashamed to call myself a film fan. The Pianist should be at the top of every single persons “to watch” film. It’s elegant and beautiful and yet utterly brutal and very hard to watch in parts. I have a great interest in the events of the Second World War, especially when they are portrayed through one person’s story. Brody does such a magnificent job, he is pure brilliance and the passion you feel in his acting is second to none. He transforms from a strong man with the ability to look after his entire family to this small, vulnerable man who needs protection from anyone who is willing to give it.
I highly recommend this film to anyone who believes in telling the truth through film, I have never seen such a true performance from anyone.