A Review of The Pianist Essay

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The Pianist, directed and produced by Roman Polanski, depicts a pianists struggle

for survival in a Warsaw Ghetto during World War II. The film really contains only two

vital roles: the first one being Wladyslaw Szpilman played by Adrian Brody. The second

role, Captain Wilm Hosenfeld, is played by Thomas Kretschmann. I watched the film on

Sunday, the7th of September, at my place of residence. The movie is based on

Szpilman’s autobiography The Pianist.

The Pianist begins with Wladyslaw Szpilman playing his piano in a Polish radio

station when the station is bombed, inferring the beginning of World War II. That

evening, he returns home to his family only to find out that Polish law now requires all of
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The general lets Wladyslaw keep his own life and a few weeks

later the Russians liberate anyone left in the ghettoes of Warsaw. Although he loses his

family, he manages to build up his life once more and the movie concludes with him

playing a piano movement in an orchestra.

Obviously since the movie was based upon Wladyslaw’s autobiography, the

characters in the movie are based upon real people. Adrian Brody, who plays Wladyslaw

Szpilman, plays Wladyslaw very well and his acting made me feel as if I were actually

watching a film shot in the 1940’s. An ongoing event throughout the whole movie was a

war, more specifically World War II. The accuracy in which the ghettoes and World War

II were portrayed is hauntingly beautiful. It perfectly shows the tragedy and triumphs that

Wladyslaw as well as every other citizen living in Warsaw felt during that time period.

The Pianist was set in Warsaw, Poland. When movie scenes containing the

construction (and utter destruction) of the ghettoes during World War II were compared

to those taken during World War II, there are very few discrepancies. The movie roughly

followed a course of about five to six years. Upon further research, I determined that

most of the props featured in the film were shockingly accurate (a rare occasion in

Hollywood films) featuring objects from clothing to food as well as silverware.

The movies biggest strength