Pianist, The (2002)
Pianist, The (2002) Genre(s): Drama | War

Directed by: Roman Polanski

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

Synopsis: Based on the true story of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jewish musician, and his experiences in the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.

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Ripley's movie review

There are some truly horrifying scenes and images in this movie. And they're presented in such a matter-of-fact way, for the most part with very little tension or drama, that they will be hard to forget.

Brody did a good job but he didn't bring any kind of warmth to his character. I didn't like the guy and that made it hard to care about him. Kretschmann, as the Nazi captain, evoked more sympathy in his few minutes of screen time than Brody did during the entire movie.

It's good, definitely worth watching, but I can't call it great.

Added 12 November 2003 at 1:45 AM
Newt's movie review

Shocking. There were scenes that were disturbing and jaw-dropping. It was very powerful.

I have no idea how those massive, partly destroyed settings were created but they certainly were impressive. Brody didn't speak much but he didn't have to because the setting and his physical performance spoke volumes. It was an emotionally moving film.

Added 18 January 2004 at 2:14 PM

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