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The Pianist (DVD)
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The Pianist (DVD)
Advantages: Wonderfully directed film
This is a wonderful film that won plaudits, oscars and awards at the Cannes film festival in 2002 upon its release, it is an honest, thoughtful and powerful recreation of the Warsaw Ghetto during the holocaust based on the memoirs of a survivor.
As anyone who has read the girl in the Red Coat will know, Roman Polanski had a very real experience of the Holocaust in Warsaw during the second World war and this film is a chance for him to recreate and share his own view of this awful time from the story of Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrien Brody).
Szpilman and his family (Mainly Brit Actors), are a happy well off Jewish family in Warsaw who are enjoying life and doing well for themselves when tragedy strikes with the Second World War.
Szpilman was a popular Concert Pianist in Warsaw prior to the second world war, after the German occupation he went into hiding as his family were gradually removed to death camps, this film follows his struggle to survive and avoid capture in the Warsaw Ghetto.
* Wladyslaw Szpilman - Adrien Brody
* Captain Wilm Hosenfeld - Thomas Kretschmann
* Mr Szpilman - Frank Finlay
* Mrs Szpilman - Maureen Lipman
* Dorota - Emilia Fox
* Henryk Szpilman - Ed Stoppard
* Regina Szpilman - Julia Rayner
* Halina Szpilman - Jessica Kate Meyer
* Janina - Ruth Platt
I found this film very personal and incredibly evocative of the era, I was not as convinced by Adrien Brody's performance as his best actor oscar suggests, as I believe it was partially due to the film subject, however I do feel he put in a very, very good performance and is the mainstay of a powerful and dramatic film.
The story itself is incredible and tells the tale of human suffering and the power of hope, the cast put in fine performances, but for me Polanski's direction is key in this matter, as he brings the Warsaw Ghetto to life brilliantly, the place looks how you would imagine it, the film is tinged with hope at all times as not every Nazi is purely evil, we see that some have to manage their own true feelings against the need to conform for fear for their own families safety, this is also true of collaborators and people who help Szpilman.
This is an intelligent film that doesn't paint a picture in black and white, it shows the holocaust and the persecution of Jews in Nazi occupied Germany without flinching, but it does so with fairness and honesty and doesn't compromise at any point.
This is an uplifting film about a tragic and disgusting period in world history, it is a good film with great direction and doesn't rely on stereotypes or cliché. My favourite scene in the film is close to the end between Szpilman and a Nazi officer and for me this sums up the fact that as much as this period was demonized the persecuted and persecutors were all human beings, this is a sad but true fact the only difference was their beliefs.
The film is a true story, based on Szpilman's own experiences and it is clear that Polanski uses this material due to the parallels with his own troubled upbringing in the ghetto during this period, there is a real sense of drama, urgency and tragedy to the film and it is beautifully shot, the music is powerful and evocative and the acting is first class, it is a terrible, sad subject and one that none of us should ever forget.
The DVD is available on Play.com and Amazon for £3.52 and extras include a 40 minute documentary on life in the ghetto which is mostly explained by Polanski.
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