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The Pianist (2002)


The true story of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he stays behind, works for a while as a laborer, and eventually goes into hiding in the ruins of the war-torn city.

The Pianist (2002)

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Released Year: 2002
Runtime: 150 minutes
Directors: Roman Polański

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The true story of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he stays behind, works for a while as a laborer, and eventually goes into hiding in the ruins of the war-torn city.

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Washington Post - Desson Thomson
Polanski, himself a survivor of Nazi-occupied Poland, has created a near-masterpiece.
100
Boston Globe - Ty Burr
There are three Poles in The Pianist -- Szpilman, Polanski, and Frederic Chopin. Of the three, fittingly, Chopin speaks the loudest.
91
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum
The result is a movie, and Cannes Palme d'Or winner, of riveting power and sadness, a great match of film and filmmaker -- and star, too.
90
Chicago Reader - Jonathan Rosenbaum
The results are masterful, admirably unsentimental, and never boring, if also a little stodgy.
90
Newsweek - David Ansen
This powerful, precision-made movie offers hope as well -- an act of kindness from a German officer that saves the pianist’s life, the music that sustains his soul.

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