The Pianist

Rated R 148 minutes 2002

An adaptation based on the autobiography of the acclaimed Polish composer, Wladyslaw Szpilman, who detailed his survival during World War II, and narrowly escaped a roundup that sent his family to a death camp. A composer and pianist, Szpilman played the last live music heard over Polish radio airwaves before Nazi artillery hit. There, in Poland, Szpilman struggled to stay alive--even when cast away from those he loved. He spent the duration of the war hiding in the ruins of Warsaw and scavenging for food and shelter. Szpilman eventually reclaimed his artistic gifts, and confronted his fears--with aid from the unlikeliest of sources.

Film Credits

Official Site: www.thepianistmovie.com

Director: Roman Polanski

Writer: Ronald Harwood and Wladyslaw Szpilman

Producer: Roman Polanski, Robert Benmussa and Alain Sarde

Cast: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Maureen Lipman, Frank Finlay and Ed Stoppard

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