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…show more content…
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
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