Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Pianist (2002)


Cannes Film Festival 2002

Palme d'Or
Roman Polanski

Academy Awards, USA 2003

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Adrien Brody
Best Director
Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski was not present at the awards ceremony, being a fugitive from U.S. justice since ... More
Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
Ronald Harwood
Best Picture
Roman Polanski
Robert Benmussa
Alain Sarde
Best Cinematography
Pawel Edelman
Best Costume Design
Anna B. Sheppard
Best Film Editing
Hervé de Luze

Focus Features
Directed by Roman Polanski
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
(DVD, Universal)

Jewish families are forced to relocate to the Warsaw ghetto where they are relentlessly harassed, and sometimes murdered, by Nazi soldiers who treat them no better than animals. We follow one such family through the horrible ordeal. They are eventually separated at a train station where some are taken to their deaths but one escapes through the actions of an unlikely friend. He spends the next several years on the run: at first living in vacant apartments provided by the underground resistance, but a few years later barely surviving in the bombed out remnants of the city. These harrowing scenes are the most effective in an otherwise familiar, if well-made, story. Even the final gesture of good will by a Nazi officer will come as no surprise.

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