Directed by: Roman Polanski
Produced by: Roman Polanski; Robert Benmussa; Alain Sarde
Screenplay by: Ronald Harwood
Based on: The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman
Starring: Adrien Brody; Thomas Kretschmann; Frank Finlay
Music by: Wojciech Kilar
Cinematography: Pawel Edelman
Edited by: Hervé de Luze
Running time: 150 minutes
Genre: Historical Drama
Seeran Review: What a classic opening. The black and white screen and the piano BGM itself showcases the intensity to come forth. Slowly the hands vacillating over the piano to and fro steadily. It may be queer to see that in spite of the bombing the pianist still continues to play the piano. But I remember a documentary of the Taliban occupied regions where the people sit to have the lunch hearing the sound of firing behind as they believe it will stop for sure! Tying towels to their hands is the only way to identify them as Jews. The soldiers enjoy in the camps by making the Jews to dance. As in War and Peace – ‘The army was lost forever and there came into being something nondescript, neither citizens nor soldiers but what are known as marauders.’ They are just marauders who share the very notion of Hitler to hate the Jews. They run a library in toilets as others do not use the toilets used by the Jews.
In another scene a rogue group pushed a physically challenged old man from the top of building. They assemble the men and makes them to run and shoots them from behind. They hunt people in the streets. Does this discredit should entirely belong to the Fuhrer? Yes, a dictator and his ideology cannot exist without due sharing his zenith ideologies!
The sequence where the entire family tries to get into the train, there is another man who hold the corner of a German marauder to seek justification for the pregnant woman. A push to the ground and few strikes over his head is all the justification able to be given. He dies not for any change of men but for the very reason he tried or for any other reason but just to remain as human.
Regarding the authenticity of the portrayal of I cannot dwell into criticising as it needs intense reading. But as with the film it is truly world standard.