The Pianist (Widescreen)

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Based loosely on the memoir of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman and his years spent hiding from the Nazis in Warsaw near Berlin. The story was influenced by director Roman Polanski's similar personal experiences.

Studio 1: Focus
Video Release Date: 2003-05-27
Run time: 148 minutes
Animated: Live-action
Director: Roman Polanski
Starring:Adrien Brody,Thomas Kretschmann,Frank Finlay,Maureen Lipman

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Based loosely on the memoir of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman and his years spent hiding from the Nazis in Warsaw near Berlin. The story was influenced by director Roman Polanski's similar personal experiences.

Studio 1: Focus
Video Release Date: 2003-05-27
Run time: 148 minutes
Animated: Live-action
Director: Roman Polanski
Starring:Adrien Brody,Thomas Kretschmann,Frank Finlay,Maureen Lipman

Filmmaker Roman Polanski, who as a boy growing up in Poland watched while the Nazis devastated his country during World War II, directed this downbeat drama based on the true story of a privileged musician who spent five years struggling against the Nazi occupation of Warsaw. Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrien Brody) is a gifted classical pianist born to a wealthy Jewish family in Poland. The Szpilmans have a large and comfortable flat in Warsaw which Wladyslaw shares with his mother and father (Maureen Lipman and Frank Finlay), his sisters Halina and Regina (Jessica Kate Meyer and Julia Rayner), and his brother, Henryk (Ed Stoppard). While Wladyslaw and his family are aware of the looming presence of German forces and Hitler's designs on Poland, they're convinced that the Nazis are a menace which will pass, and that England and France will step forward to aid Poland in the event of a real crisis. Wladyslaw's na??vet?? is shattered when a German bomb rips through a radio studio while he performs a recital for broadcast. During the early stages of the Nazi occupation, as a respected artist, he still imagines himself above the danger, using his pull to obtain employment papers for his father and landing a supposedly safe job playing piano in a restaurant. But as the German grip tightens upon Poland, Wladyslaw and his family are selected for deportation to a Nazi concentration camp. Refusing to face a certain death, Wladyslaw goes into hiding in a comfortable apartment provided by a friend. However, when his benefactor goes missing, Wladyslaw is left to fend for himself and he spends the next several years dashing from one abandoned home to another, desperate to avoid capture by German occupation troops. The Pianist was based on the memoir of the same name by the real-life Wladyslaw Szpilman; the book was first published in 1946 as Death of a City, but was banned by Polish Communist officials and went out of print until 1998, when a new edition was issued as The Pianist. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi.

Insight into the making of the film and its authenticity, Roman Polanski's own story of survival during WWII, Behind-the-scenes interviews with Oscar winners Roman Polanski, Adrien Brody and Ronald Harwood, Clips of Wladyslaw Szpilman playing the piano.

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Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Original Languages: English
Color: Other
Director: Roman Polanski
Awards Won: Best Actor,Best Screenplay (Adapted),Best Director
Duration: 150
Actors: Adrien Brody, Frank Finlay, Thomas Kretschmann, Maureen Lipman, Katarzyna Figura, Emilia Fox, Michal Zebrowski, Ed Stoppard, Julia Rayner, Jessica Kate Meyer, Ruth Platt
Condition: New
Studio & Production Company: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Record Label: Universal
Brand: Martin Universal Design
Movie Genre: Drama, War
Release Date: 08/22/2006
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The movie is very great history movie

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