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  Historical Testimony with Personal Reminiscence; Polanski's "The Pianist"
Adrien Brody as Wladyslaw Szpilman in "The Pianist.
In fact, the wartime horrors conveyed in "Pianist" might be seen as the poisoned well that fed a past oeuvre obsessed with the mechanisms of evil, cruelty, madness, and fear.
Finally, "The Pianist" triumphs through its accumulation of indelible details: Szpilman's family watching from their window as the Germans arrive in the night and heave an old man in his wheel chair over the balcony; the Szpilmans in the Umschlagplatz, hungrily watching the father slice (the Polanski knife again) a single caramel into five pieces.
www.indiewire.com /movies/movies_030102pianist.html   (1225 words)

 The Pianist - Wladyslaw Szpilman
The Pianist is Szpilman's account of the years in between, of the death and cruelty inflicted on the Jews of Warsaw and on Warsaw itself, related with a dispassionate restraint borne of shock.
Szpilman's memoir of life in the Warsaw ghetto is remarkable not only for the heroism of its protagonists but for the author's lack of bitterness, even optimism, in recounting the events.
Szpilman's memoir, suppressed by the Polish government shortly after its original publication in 1946, tells the story of the young mans difficult survival in wartime Warsaw and the deportation and death of his entire family.
www.giotto.org /piccolomini/szpilman/szpilman.html   (2239 words)

 Top Box Office Movies - The Pianist
So with The Pianist as his comeback project, it’s only natural for Polanski to identify with his heroic protagonist Wladyslaw Szpilman as both a complicated man battling his overwhelming woes as well as a tremendous artist waiting to burst out at the seams.
The Pianist is an amalgamation of all that is precious and preferential to the delicacies of life: hope, faith, resiliency, resourcefulness, pain, inadequacy, self-reflection, determination, inspiration, integrity, cynicism and loss.
Brody is absolutely moving as the droopy stone-faced pianist who takes us on a harrowing ride on his frail shoulders as we get a mundane front seat view to the real claustrophobic and pervasive alienation behind the rotting Warsaw ghetto walls.
www.theworldjournal.com /special/movies/2002/pianist.htm   (1240 words)

 pianistdvd   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
I have known musicians, pianists in particular, who are so passionate about their music that they become one with their instrument.
Polanski's best film since "Chinatown," "The Pianist" is also one of the best films of 2002, a heartbreaking, honest and emotionally devastating portrait of mans inhumanity to man at its worst.
The endeavor that Szpilman went through in order to stay alive in Warsaw are astonishing, from calling in a favor from a family friend that ends up saving his life but not that of his family, to hiding for months right under the enemies nose.
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 The Pianist Reviews
As a little boy, Roman Polanski was pushed through a hole in a barbed wire fence by his father to escape the Kraków ghetto, and became one of the improbable few survivors of the Holocaust.
Jewish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman and his family, along with all other Warsaw Jews, are persecuted by the Germans and placed inside a bricked-off ghetto...
The Pianist is the first film director Roman Polanski has made in Poland since his very first feature (Knife in the Water).
www.killermovies.com /p/thepianist/reviews   (548 words)

 The Pianist"
First, as an eyewitness account of the destruction of the Jewish community in Warsaw, Szpilman's memoir is historically indispensable.
And third, his story is so incredible that it must be read to be believed...
...Here, in Wladyslaw Szpilman's "The Pianist," is a clear voice from a world that has vanished.
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 Amazon.com: The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945: Books: Wladyslaw ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The Pianist is simply a factual account of the mirculous events which lead to Wladyslaw Szpilman surviving first the Warsaw ghetto and later hiding out in Warsaw for years until the war ended.
The memoir is, in a way, an exercise in fate -- there were so many opportunities when Szpilman could have died, could have been discovered, could have been sent to Treblinka, that it seems that his survival was written in the stars.
The Pianist is the poignant and courageous story of Wladyslaw Szpilman's determination to survive the WWII Holocaust, during the time when the German Occupation began in Warsaw, Poland.
www.amazon.com /Pianist-Extraordinary-Survival-Warsaw-1939-1945/dp/0312311354   (2890 words)

 Wladyslaw Szpilman - The Pianist
Recently published in English with the title "The Pianist," Wladyslaw Szpilman's harrowing account was first published in Poland in 1946 under the title "Death of a City." Until recently, the book had remained largely unnoticed.
Szpilman's initial training as a pianist was in the Chopin School of Music in Warsaw under Josef Smidowicz and Aleksander Michalowski, both of them former students of Liszt.
His light music was particularly successful: for decades the Poles sang tunes from his three musicals, 50---60 children's songs and 600-odd chansons as they went about the business of their daily lives.
www.chasingthefrog.com /reelfaces/thepianist.php   (1691 words)

 Alibris: Pianists
After his professional beginnings as a pianist at New York's Village Vanguard nightclub, where he seems to have been widely ignored by audiences, Evans was taken up by a succession of well-known and...
A celebrated French pianist shares the poignant story of her journey from her early years as a student in Paris to her life as the founder of a wolf conservation center in upstate New York.
A biography of the fl pianist and composer, one of the greatest child prodigies of the 1930s, whose phenomenal talent met with overwhelming early success only to languish just as rapidly, a victim of the tragedies and prejudices that overtook her.
www.alibris.com /search/books/subject/Pianists   (1206 words)

 The Pianist (2002)
Suprisingly unsentimental, The Pianist is a Holocaust film that is, at times, almost claustrophobic, focusing its intimate gaze on one man's story of survival.
Based on the 1946 memoirs of famous Polish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman, who was a Jew living in Warsaw during the war, the story begins with Szpilman (Adrien Brody, who won the Oscar for his performance) performing a live recital on the radio, when a bomb blast tears away the wall of the studio.
The Pianist is one of those films where, walking into it, you already know how it will end.
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 News for The Pianist (2002)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The Pianist film-maker is unable to attend the libel action hearing at the Court of Appeal as he could be extradited to the US, from where he fled in 1977 after being convicted of statutory rape.
The Pianist, which won best director, actor, and adapted screenplay awards, is likely to be screened in 800 theaters next weekend, versus the current count of 540.
Roman Polanski's The Pianist, based on the Holocaust memoir of Polish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman, is yet another film certain to be considered for Oscars.
www.imdb.com /title/tt0253474/news   (8089 words)

 OnWisconsin Live Movies: The Pianist
By comparison, Roman Polanski's new Holocaust film, "The Pianist," won the Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, made numerous critics' Top 10 lists, is going into wider theatrical release this week and may even receive Oscar nominations, possibly for Adrien Brody in the title role.
The character is a classical pianist of renown who lives a life of comfort.
After the Russian victory, the real-life pianist, Wladyslaw Szpilman, wrote his memoirs, which were banned by communist authorities, and resumed his concert career, which continued until his death in 2000 at the age of 89.
www.onwisconsin.com /movies/movie.asp?id=712   (716 words)

 Reviews at MCN - Pianist
Thereafter he found his liberties rapidly stripped away and his life a constant struggle to evade the conquering power, elude death and live each day with the prospect it would be his last.
Time and again he is snatched from the jaws of certain death or blunders through the landscape of battle unscathed as those around him have the bad luck to be in the path of a bullet or to step sideways and put their full body weight on a land mine.
The Pianist is about beauty in the face of squalor and its ability to surmount seemingly impregnable defenses.
www.moviecitynews.com /reviews/pianist_klady.html   (957 words)

 The Pianist (Movie)
(The Pianist is, among others things, a eulogy for Warsaw.) When he is finally driven out of his hiding places and wanders the blasted streets, the imagery goes beyond starkness into the surreal -- we might be looking at a lunar landscape by De Chirico.
The most remarkable aspect of Szpilman’s memoir is that it was written so close to the time of the events described and yet is full of poise and equanimity.
In The Pianist, suffering is seen with such clarity that its relief becomes a balm of the greatest magnitude.
www.newyorkmetro.com /movies/articles/02/12/pianist.htm   (954 words)

 The Pianist - The bestselling book by Wladyslaw Szpilman - Official Homepage
Karen Glaser meets an extraordinary soloist: the pianist whose vivid memoir of survival in wartime Warsaw is available in English after 50 years.
A Pianist´s War Notes: Wladyslaw Szpilman´s "The Pianist" chronicles the authors life from 1939 to 1945 in a matter-of-fact prose that is almost startling in its mundane telling of the horrific, terrifying events of Warld War II.
The Pianist, Wladyslaw Szpilman's memoir of his existence in Warsaw from 1939 to 1945, is a book so fresh and vivid, so heartbreaking, and so simply and beautifully written, that it manages to tell us the story of horrendous events as if for the first time.
www.szpilman.net /framebook.html   (1893 words)

 The Pianist - Wladyslaw Szpilman - Holocaust Survivor from the Warsaw Ghetto
The Pianist - Wladyslaw Szpilman - Holocaust Survivor from the Warsaw Ghetto
The dignity of the pianist's manner has infinitely more impact if you know that this is the piece he was playing when Polish Radio was destroyed by the Nazis and that he returned to five years later, after the Nazis had been destroyed.
Szpilman, a talented Jewish pianist and composer, witnessed first-hand the horrors of the Warsaw ghetto.
www.szpilman.net   (6586 words)

 wbur.org Arts - Movies - The Pianist
His 1946 memoir, "Death of a City," formed the basis for the movie's screenplay, written by Ronald Harwood ("The Dresser").
Unlike the rest of his family, Szpilman (Adrien Brody in a first-rate performance) was able to work, for a time, as a pianist in a restaurant.
What you remember most from "The Pianist" are cinematographer Pawel Edelman's shots of snow-covered ruins of 1945 Warsaw (the Russians arrived in January) as utterly bleak and morbidly beautiful images of violence as any on film.
www.wbur.org /arts/2003/49254_20030106.asp   (843 words)

 The Pianist | ajc.com
With his splendid new film, "The Pianist," Polanski moves closer to his own World War II nightmare, but he filters it through someone else's survivor memoir: that of a well-known classical pianist named Wladyslaw Szpilman who published his "Death of a City" in 1946.
Though the two films couldn't be more different, "The Pianist" is reminiscent of the lengthy documentary "Shoah" in that it, too, bears witness.
Though the book is based on another's memoirs, some of the events depicted almost certainly were witnessed by Polanski himself.
www.ajc.com /movies/content/shared/movies/reviews/P/thepianist.html   (1036 words)

 AboutFilm.com - The Pianist (2002)
Szpilman was a celebrated pianist and composer at the time of the German invasion.
The Pianist recounts Szpilman's astonishing story in careful, attentive detail, but it is filled with particulars from Polanski's own life, from the reality of life in the Jewish ghetto to the awkward position a woman's corpse assumes after she is shot in the head while Szpilman observes from his hiding place.
The often heartbreaking details (look for the scene where the Szpilman family shares a piece of caramel in their last moments together) accumulate into a narrative, and the narrative becomes a testament to human capacity for both good and evil, weakness and strength.
www.aboutfilm.com /movies/p/pianist.htm   (747 words)

 The Pianist
A man is saved by his talent - and by the heroism of those who help him -in "The Pianist," a return to greatness for director Roman Polanski.
"The Pianist," a quietly powerful movie that seldom resorts to melodrama to elicit audience response, seems to be Roman Polanski's attempt to come to terms with at least some of the demons in his life.
It's based on a memoir by concert pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman, who dodged the fate of his family and friends through luck and the courage and kindness of those who helped him.
www.roanoke.com /roatimes/news/story143122.html   (455 words)

 The Pianist
Initially, Wladyslaw, acted with emotional restraint by Adrien Brody (Harrison's Flowers, Liberty Heights), somehow tries to make a life of the harrowing conditions inflicted on the multitude of Jews, especially his family, once they're remanded to a prison camp ghetto.
Maybe The Pianist transcends credulity, yet in an emotionally understated manner - the Polish Jew is allowed to play a concerto on an undamaged, well-tuned grand piano in front of an Nazi soldier.
A bombed-out Warsaw almost feels like an important character in sadly reliving the atrocities that reveals The Pianist to be one of the more deliberate, wrenching, non-documentary accounts of the Holocaust.
www.projections-movies.com /reviews/pianist.html   (253 words)

 zZoz.com - Film - The Pianist   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The Pianist is rigorous in its simplicity, carefully shot, clothed in shades of gray.
A well-known Jewish concert pianist, he was performing Chopin's Nocturne in C Sharp Minor live on Polish Radio the day the station was bombed by the German Luftwaffe and knocked off the air September 23, 1939.
Szpilman's original memoir, Death of a City, was published in Poland in 1946.
www.zzoz.com /filmpianist.html   (756 words)

 ReadingGroupGuides.com - The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman
On September 23, 1939, the great Polish classical pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman played a Chopin nocturne live on the radio, but the shells blasting at a nearby window were so loud he could not hear his piano.
This well-written autobiography reveals the triumph of the soul, the flourishing of the artistic sensibility, even in the face of the most hellish circumstances.
Much of this memoir finds Szpilman pent-up, stuck in a cage, or held in some other sort of cell: an empty flat, a forgotten attic, etc. In Chapter 6, for example, he writes: "The reality of the ghetto was all the worse just because it had the appearance of freedom.
www.readinggroupguides.com /guides3/pianist1.asp   (982 words)

 Metroactive Movies | 'The Pianist'
Roman Polanski's 'The Pianist' is a chilly, inspired epic of the Warsaw ghetto
The Pianist is based on the memoir of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a noted Polish classical pianist who survived the Holocaust.
The Pianist (R; 148 min.), directed by Roman Polanski, written by Ronald Harwood, based on the book by Wladyslaw Szpilman, photographed by Pawel Edelman and starring Adrien Brody, opens Friday at the Los Gatos Cinema.
www.metroactive.com /papers/metro/01.01.03/pianist-0301.html   (620 words)

 DVD Verdict Review - The Pianist
This true story of Polish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman, adapted from his memoir, follows its protagonist (played by Adrien Brody, who won the Best Actor Oscar for this role) from the German invasion of Poland in 1939 to the liberation of Warsaw by the Russian Army in 1945.
While many of the facts of this period are well known—Jews being forced to wear armbands, eventually being driven out of their homes and into a walled-off ghetto, and finally rounded up and exterminated—Polanski gives us a sense of the day to day existence of occupied Warsaw.
The Pianist is a powerful drama that offers no comforting Hollywood sentimentality, and even those who think they've seen enough Holocaust movies will find themselves riveted by this very human story.
www.dvdverdict.com /reviews/pianist.php   (1026 words)

 Wladyslaw Szpilman   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
W&322;adys&322;aw Szpilman worked as a pianist for the Polish radio in Warsaw until the German invasion of Poland 1939 reached Warsaw.
With Nazi Germany establishing ghettos in the city, he was forced to move to the Warsaw Ghetto With his family, and continued to work as a pianist in a restaurant.
Pow&261;zki Cemetery in Warsaw]] Szpilman's memoir was not reprinted for fifty years, until 1998 when it was published in English (and many other languages) as The Pianist.
wladyslaw-szpilman.iqnaut.net   (301 words)

 The Pianist Movie Review
In "The Pianist", he tells the story of another artist who survived, Polish composer and pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrien Brody).
"The Pianist" is a harrowing story, unrelieved by distractions of humor, romance, or personal relationships as it sinks deeper and deeper into the nightmare of the Jewish experience in Nazi occupied Poland during WWII.
Working from Szpilman's memoir, published shortly after the war ended, Polanski and screenwriter Ronald Harwood assemble piece by piece the indignities and atrocities suffered by the Warsaw Jews, building the grim picture like the bricks in the wall that sealed off the ghetto from the rest of the city.
www.killermovies.com /p/thepianist/reviews/je8.html   (865 words)

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