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The Pianist

Released: 2002

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 2 hr 29 min

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Roman Polanski

Starring: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Maureen Lipman, Emilia Fox, Ed Stoppard, Julia Rayner, Jessica Kate Meyer, Ruth Platt, Michal Zebrowski

True, Oscar-winning tale of a Jewish-Polish musician struggling to survive the Warsaw occupation.

Some editing would have been very very nice.

Review by: EvilWolfie

Added: 10 years ago

The Pianist starts out strong giving us an (I imagine) accurate and unflinching view of the occupation of Warsaw by the Nazis during WWII. Jews are herded into trains bound for death camps, others are shot in the streets and an old man is tipped from his wheel chair off a fifth floor balcony; among other horrors. There's one scene in which the main protagonist, staggering and in tears, walks down a deserted street scattered with abandoned belongings and dead children, that is as powerful as anything I have seen in a while. Eventually, as the side characters are stripped away for one reason or another and our hero is truly left on his own (this is at the two hour mark, by the way) our sympathy begins to ebb away and the audience is reduced to trying to avoid finding the humor in what appears to be one of the homeless guys down at the sky train station digging through the ruins of houses for food while people with flame throwers chase him. You’re probably thinking that I'm a horrible person for finding something to laugh at in the Holocaust, and you would be right. I am a horrible person. Regardless, some editing would have been very very nice.

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