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“The Pianist” is a 2002 historical drama film directed by , based on the autobiographical book by Wladyslaw Szpilman. The film tells the story of Szpilman (played by ), a Polish Jewish pianist who survived the Holocaust in Nazi-occupied Warsaw during World War II.


The movie is set in Warsaw in 1939, where Szpilman is a celebrated pianist working for Polish radio. When Nazi Germany invades Poland, Szpilman's family is forced to move into the Warsaw Ghetto, where they suffer terrible living conditions and persecution. As the situation for Jews worsens, Szpilman is separated from his family and struggles to survive in hiding, scavenging for food and avoiding detection by the Nazis. He eventually finds refuge with a sympathetic Polish family, but his safety remains precarious until the end of the war.


“The Pianist” is a powerful and emotionally affecting film that offers a compelling depiction of the horrors of the Holocaust. Polanski, himself a survivor of the Kraków Ghetto, brings a deeply personal perspective to the story, and his direction is masterful, creating a sense of tension and claustrophobia that never lets up. 's performance is extraordinary, capturing both the physical and emotional toll of Szpilman's experiences.

The film also offers a nuanced exploration of the role of Polish collaborators and resistance fighters during the war, highlighting the complexities of survival in a context of extreme violence and oppression. Overall, “The Pianist” is a moving and unforgettable portrayal of one man's struggle to survive amidst the horrors of the Holocaust.


“The Pianist” received widespread critical acclaim and won numerous awards, including three Academy Awards (Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay), the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and the BAFTA Award for Best Film. The film also received numerous nominations, including for Best Picture, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing.

Directed by
Produced by Robert Benmussa Alain Sarde
Screenplay by Ronald Harwood
Based on The Pianist
by Władysław Szpilman
Starring , , , , , , , ,
Music by Wojciech Kilar
Cinematography Paweł Edelman
Edited by Hervé de Luze
Canal+ Studio Babelsberg Studio Canal+
Distributed by Focus Features
Release date 24 May 2002 (Cannes) 6 September 2002 (Poland) 25 September 2002 (France)
Running time 150 minutes
Countries France Germany Poland United Kingdom
Languages English German
Budget $35 million
Box office $120.1 million

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