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THE PIANIST

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The Pianist

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
148 minutes
Limited Release Date:
12/27/02
performer:
Adrien Brody, Frank Finlay, Thomas Kretschmann, Maureen Lipman, Ed Stoppard
director:
Roman Polanski
distributor:
Focus Features
author:
76905
genre:
Drama

We gave it an A-

Roman Polanski, who as a child survived the Krakow ghetto, directed this Cannes Palme d’Or winner based on the 1946 memoir of Polish-Jewish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman. The result is a film of riveting power and sadness, revolving around the modulated intensity of Adrien Brody in the title role. Calmly and passionately addressing his past for the first time, Polanski creates a huge, straightforward picture built of countless small, shockingly casual details of brutality, desperation, and kindness.

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