The Pianist

by Roman Polanski (Director)

DVD, 2006

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Universal Studios Home Entertainment (2006)


Based on the memoirs of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew, who was a brilliant pianist. He watched as his family was shipped off to Nazi labor camps. He managed to escape and lived for years in the ruins of Warsaw, hiding from the Nazis.

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A Jew rides out WWII in Warsaw.

It's well made, but the script is pretty unexceptional. I was bored a lot, and when I wasn't bored (there is a lot to appreciate), I still would rather have been doing something else. This movie is a perfect example of why I hate the phrase "based on a true story."
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It's not exactly the same holocaust movie that gets made every few years - the first hour or so is, but then it takes a slightly different turn. But still, there's no creativity or craft to this story, and no room for it.

Concept: C
Story: C
Characters: C
Dialog: B
Pacing: C
Cinematography: B
Special effects/design: A
Acting: A
Music: B

Enjoyment: C minus

GPA: 2.7/4
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Academy Award (Nominee — Best Director — 2002)
Cannes Film Festival Award (Winner — Palme d'Or — 2002)


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