Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Pianist: A little movie review

Last night, I saw the movie The Pianist. The movie is based on the true story of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish pianist and composer who lived through the German occupation of Poland during World War II. Based on Szpilman's memoir of the same name, The Pianist portrays Szpilman's courage and resilience in surviving the holocaust, and vividly depicts how his love of music helped see him through this dark period of humanity.

The following is probably the best scene in the entire movie. Hiding in a deserted building, Szpilman (played by Adrien Brody) was discovered by a German officer. When the officer discovers that Szpilman was a pianist, he asks him to play something on the piano for him. Szpilman does so, and the officer was so moved by his playing that he spared his life, and even went on to help him survive the rest of the war by allowing him to hide in the attic of the building and giving him food regularly. Gee, talk about being able to play to save one's life...

And this is Szpilman himself, playing Chopin's Nocturne in C Sharp Minor:

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