The Pianist (2002)

the pianist

150 min – Biography | Drama | History – 28 March 2003 (USA)

IMDB Rating: 8.5/10 from 285,263 users

Metascore: 85/100 

DirectorRoman Polanski

WritersRonald Harwood (screenplay), Wladyslaw Szpilman (book)

Awards: Won 3 Oscars. Another 48 wins & 47 nominations.

Plot Summary

A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.

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The true story of Wladyslaw Szpilman who, in the 1930s, was known as the most accomplished piano player in all of Poland, if not Europe. At the outbreak of the Second World War, however, Szpilman becomes subject to the anti-Jewish laws imposed by the conquering Germans.

By the start of the 1940s, Szpilman has seen his world go from piano concert halls to the Jewish Ghetto of Warsaw and then must suffer the tragedy of his family deported to a German concentration camps, while Szpilman is conscripted into a forced German Labor Compound. At last deciding to escape, Szpilman goes into hiding as a Jewish refugee where he is witness to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising (April 19, 1943 – May 16, 1943) and the Warsaw Uprising (1 August to 2 October 1944)

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