The Pianist

Release Date: 2002

DVD Release Date: May 27th, 2003

R |2 hr 28 min

Plot Summary

In this adaptation of the autobiography "The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945," Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrien Brody), 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.

Cast: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Maureen Lipman, Emilia Fox, Ed Stoppard, Julia Rayner, Jessica Kate Meyer

Director: Roman Polanski

Genres: Historical drama , War

Production Co: Miramax

Keywords: Escape , 1940s , Pursuit ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    A great movie on a powerful, essential subject -- the Holocaust years in Poland -- directed with such artistry and skill that, as we watch, the barriers of the screen seem to melt away. show more

  • 88
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    To the extent that movies bear the residue of their filmmakers' autobiographies, I found The Pianist particularly compelling. show more

  • 60
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Astonishing visually and problematic dramatically.

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Awards

Nominated Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2003)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Best Picture
Winner Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Nominated Costume Design
Winner Directing
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2003)
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2003)
Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2003)
Winner David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2003)
Winner Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2003)