The Pianist Reviews
What a superb film! Adrien Brody in arguably his best role ever as an actor and proudly so he did win Best Actor Award in the 2002 Oscar's. The story is quite amazing and unique which made it all together a excellent film. The Pianist is bound to garner comparisons to Schindler's List, for obvious reasons. However similar the subject matter, the approach is different. While Schindler's List was filmed in a beautiful, crisp black and white that offered many incredible images, The Pianist was filmed with almost muted color. Schindler's List featured what has been argued as a complicated hero. Oskar Schindler did save many Jews, but not without battling his own materialistic demons first. The Pianist's Szpilman is a sympathetic character throughout. His plight was desperate, and the demons he fought were over his own guilt in surviving a fight that eventually turns into a primal will to live.
The true story of Wladyslaw Szpilman who, in the 1930s, was known as the most accomplished piano player in all of Poland, if not Europe. At the outbreak of the Second World War, however, Szpilman becomes subject to the anti-Jewish laws imposed by the conquering Germans. By the start of the 1940s, Szpilman has seen his world go from piano concert halls to the Jewish Ghetto of Warsaw and then must suffer the tragedy of his family deported to a German concentration camps, while Szpilman is conscripted into a forced German Labor Compound. At last deciding to escape, Szpilman goes into hiding as a Jewish refugee where he is witness to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising (April 19, 1943 - May 16, 1943) and the Warsaw Uprising (1 August to 2 October 1944)
Roman Polanski's The Pianist is a true story based on the Holocaust. Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrien Brody in his Oscar winning role) is a pianist and also a Jew in Poland. When Germany invades Poland his life, along with his families, go through disastrous times. You watch as they are pushed into Jew districts, ghettos and finally concentration camps. But a Jewish police officer, and a good friend, saves Wladyslaw from entering the trains to the camps and has no choice but to leave his family behind.
What The Pianist does, that other Holocaust and other genocide films don't, is not rely on blood and violence to keep its audience awake. While you see acts of genocide occur (i.e. running over Jewish wounded on the street), the film is strictly from Wladyslaw Szpilman's view. You watch as he moves from apartment to apartment, hiding upon the men and women who will recognize him as a Jew, and survive upon the good comings of citizens that give him food and water. In some scenes of the film, you will see Szpilman playing the piano without hitting the keys. He uses his imagination to play the piano that soothes his mind from all the horrors he has been through.
What The Pianist does so well is actually show Jews fighting back against the Germans. You will see guns being thrown over the brick wall that separates the ghettos from the town and later mini attacks occur. It actually gives the movie some hope. It shows that the Jews will fight back and won't die without a fight.
Adrien Brody gives a strong performance in this film. He truly fits the part. He wasn't a hot actor but more of an actor trying to show his talents to the world and he succeeded. The movie needed a performance that would keep the audience into the film and Mr. Brody did it and, as I said before, won an Academy Award for this role.
Roman Polanski, in his Oscar winning direction, shows a different side to the Holocaust history that is both refreshing and dramatic. The film doesn't have to rely on intense violence and truly succeeds. The Pianist is a fantastic film and well worthy of a Best Picture nomination.
The Pianist won 3 Academy Awards including: Best Director, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay.