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Filmmaker Roman Polanski, who as a boy growing up in Poland watched while the Nazis devastated his country during World War II, directed this downbeat drama based on the true story of a privileged musician who spent five years struggling against the Nazi occupation of Warsaw. Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrien Brody) is a gifted classical pianist born to a wealthy Jewish family in Poland. The Szpilmans have a large and comfortable flat in Warsaw which Wladyslaw shares with his mother and father (Maureen Lipman and Frank Finlay), his sisters Halina and Regina (Jessica Kate Meyer and Julia Rayner), and his brother, Henryk (Ed Stoppard). While Wladyslaw and his family are aware of the looming presence of German forces and Hitler's designs on Poland, they're convinced that the Nazis are a menace which will pass, and that England and France will step forward to aid Poland in the event of a real crisis. Wladyslaw's naïveté is shattered when a German bomb rips through a radio studio while he performs a recital for broadcast. During the early stages of the Nazi occupation, as a respected artist, he still imagines himself above the danger, using his pull to obtain employment papers for his father and landing a supposedly safe job playing piano in a restaurant. But as the German grip tightens upon Poland, Wladyslaw and his family are selected for deportation to a Nazi concentration camp. Refusing to face a certain death, Wladyslaw goes into hiding in a comfortable apartment provided by a friend. However, when his benefactor goes missing, Wladyslaw is left to fend for himself and he spends the next several years dashing from one abandoned home to another, desperate to avoid capture by German occupation troops. The Pianist was based on the memoir of the same name by the real-life Wladyslaw Szpilman; the book was first published in 1946 as Death of a City, but was banned by Polish Communist officials and went out of print until 1998, when a new edition was issued as The Pianist. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:December 27, 2002

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
French Academy of Cinema Jean-Marie Blondel Best Sound 2002 Winner
French Academy of Cinema Anna Sheppard Best Costumes 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Anna Sheppard Best Costume Design 2002 Nominee
French Academy of Cinema Pawel Edelman Best Cinematography 2002 Winner
European Film Academy Pawel Edelman Best European Cinematographer 2002 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Pawel Edelman Best Cinematography (Runner-up) 2002 Winner
American Society of Cinematographers Pawel Edelman Best Cinematography 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Pawel Edelman Best Cinematography 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Benmussa Best Picture 2002 Nominee
National Society of Film Critics Ronald Harwood Best Screenplay 2002 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ronald Harwood Best Adapted Screenplay 2002 Winner
French Academy of Cinema Ronald Harwood Best Screenplay 2002 Nominee
French Academy of Cinema Wojciech Kilar Best Original Score 2002 Winner
French Academy of Cinema Adrien Brody Best Actor 2002 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Adrien Brody Best Actor 2002 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Adrien Brody Best Actor 2002 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Adrien Brody Best Actor 2002 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Adrien Brody Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 2002 Nominee
French Academy of Cinema Roman Polanski Best Director 2002 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Roman Polanski Best Director 2002 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Roman Polanski Best Director 2002 Winner
Cannes Film Festival Roman Polanski Palme d'Or 2002 Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Roman Polanski Best Director 2002 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Roman Polanski Best Director 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Roman Polanski Best Picture 2002 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Roman Polanski Best Director 2003 Nominee
French Academy of Cinema Hervé de Luze Best Editing 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Hervé de Luze Best Editing 2002 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alain Sarde Best Picture 2002 Nominee
French Academy of Cinema Dean Humphreys Best Sound 2002 Winner
French Academy of Cinema Allan Starski Best Production Design 2002 Winner

Cast

Adrien Brody
as Wladyslaw Szpilman
Thomas Kretschmann
as Captain Wilm Hosenfeld
Frank Finlay
as The father
Maureen Lipman
as The mother
Emilia Fox
as Dorota
Ed Stoppard
as Henryk
Julia Rayner
as Regina
Ruth Platt
as Janina
Michal Zebrowski
as Jurek
Katarzyna Figura
as Neighbor

Crew

Roman Polanski
Director
Roman Polanski
Producer
Alain Sarde
Producer
Robert Benmussa
Producer
Wladyslaw Szpilman
Book Author
Ronald Harwood
Screenwriter
Pawel Edelman
Cinematographer
Wojciech Kilar
Composer (Music Score)
Hervé de Luze
Editor
Allan Starski
Production Designer
Gene Gutowski
Co-producer
Rainer Schaper
Associate Producer
Lew Rywin
Executive Producer
Timothy Burrill
Executive Producer
Henning Molfenter
Executive Producer
Allan Starski
Set Decorator
Anna Sheppard
Costume Designer
Jean-Marie Blondel
Sound/Sound Designer
Ralph Remstedt
First Assistant Director
Heta Mantscheff
Casting
Celestia Fox
Casting
Das Werk
Digital Effects
Janusz Olejniczak
Musical Performer
Christian Kunstler
Special Effects Supervisor
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