The Pianist

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An adaptation of concert pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's memoirs about his experiences in Nazi-occupied Warsaw, Polanski's cinematic return to the ravaged world of his childhood starts inauspiciously, lumbered with the clich├ęs of Ronald Harwood's script. The actors (mostly from British TV) who play the musician's doomed family squabble to order about how to react to events. Once Szpilman is left behind, however, and forced to hide in empty apartments in the ever more unrecognisable city, his struggle simply to survive is rendered with increasing subtlety, and Brody's lead performance steadily comes into its own. Old-fashioned in both visual and narrative style and in its overall restraint, the film clearly benefits from the director's first-hand knowledge of the territory.

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Director: Roman Polanski
Screenwriter: Ronald Harwood
Cast: Adrien Brody
Thomas Kretschmann
Emilia Fox
Michal Zebrowski
Ed Stoppard
Maureen Lipman
Frank Finlay
Jessica Kate Meyer
Julia Rayner
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