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Pianist (2002)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 40219930
UPC: 025192276620
UPC 14: 00025192276620
Rating: Game Rating Code
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7 Academy Award ® Nominations including Best Picture.|Music was his passion. Survival was his masterpiece.
Music was his passion, survival was his masterpiece.

"A Stunning Epic.  Atlanta Journal Constitution
"One of the best pictures of the year!  The New York Times
"A riveting adventure story!  Rex Reed, New York Observer
"The Pianist Achieves Greatness!  Los Angeles Times
"Keeps you holding your breath!  The Washington Post
"It will break your heart many times over.  Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"One of the best films of the year, and one for the ages.  John Venable, Supercala.com
"The Pianist is the film Roman Polanski may have been born to make.  Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

Editor's Note
Roman Polanski's THE PIANIST is based on the memoirs of the talented pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrian Brody), a Polish Jew, who miraculously survived World War II. The first half of the film transports viewers to 1939 Poland, and brings it to life clearly and believably. Szpilman is a tall, handsome, winsome man who is revered for his piano performances on public radio. He lives with his family--an intelligent, loving, and spirited bunch--in an upscale flat in central Warsaw. Bombings have begun to torment the citizens of Warsaw, and step by step, the Nazis infiltrate, the Jews are branded and set apart from their neighbors, imprisoned in a ghetto, and slowly exterminated. The story is told through Szpilman's eyes, and thus carries as much confusion and fear as disgust and torment. Polanski paints Warsaw in bleak shades of gray and black, expressing the helplessness of the Jewish people and the cruelty of the Nazis with captivating photography. In the second half of the film, which takes place in the early 1940s, Szpilman is alone, having managed to avoid the trains to the death camps. His struggle to survive, with some help from non-Jews but mostly his own will to thrive, takes place in long, silent, languid stretches filled with the imagined piano music that inspires Szpilman to live. In a climactic scene of immense beauty and spine-tingling tension, Szpilman must actually perform for a German soldier who is inexplicably patrolling the near-deserted and utterly dilapidated Warsaw ghetto. THE PIANIST, in the subtlety of its sublime and heartbreaking tale, is carried by the intensely moving performance of Brody, whose transformation is truly unforgettable.

Features

Video Features DVD, Widescreen, No Longer Produced

Technical Info


Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal Home Video
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/17/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 150 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2002
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 22766
Video UPC UPC: 00025192276620
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Adrien Brody
Video Cast Info Ed Stoppard
Video Cast Info Emilia Fox
Video Cast Info Frank Finlay
Video Cast Info Jessica Kate Meyer
Video Cast Info Julia Rayner
Video Cast Info Maureen Lipman
Video Cast Info Thomas Kretschmann
Video Cast Info Rainer Schaper - Associate Producer
Video Cast Info Wladyslaw Szpilman - Based On The Book By
Video Cast Info Celestia Fox - Casting
Video Cast Info Gene Gutowski - Co-Producer
Video Cast Info Anna Sheppard - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Roman Polanski - Directed By
Video Cast Info Pawel Edelman - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Herve De Luze - Editor
Video Cast Info Lew Rywin, Henning Molfenter, Timothy Burrill - Executive Producers
Video Cast Info Wojciech Kilar - Music
Video Cast Info Roman Polanski, Robert Benmussa, Alain Sarde - Produced By
Video Cast Info Allan Starski - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Ronald Harwood - Screenplay By
Video Cast Info Alain Sarde - Producer
Video Cast Info Frederic Chopin - Non-Original Music
Video Cast Info Pawel Edelman - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Robert Benmussa - Producer
Video Cast Info Roman Polanski - Director
Video Cast Info Roman Polanski - Producer
Video Cast Info Ronald Harwood - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Wladyslaw Szpilman - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Wojciech Kilar - Original Music

Awards


Oscar (2003)
Video Award Name Roman Polanski, Winner, Best Achievement in Directing
Video Award Name Adrien Brody, Winner, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Video Award Name Ronald Harwood, Winner, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
   Video Award Name Pawel Edelman, Nominee, Best Achievement in Cinematography
   Video Award Name Herve de Luze, Nominee, Best Achievement in Editing
   Video Award Name Roman Polanski, et al., Nominee, Best Motion Picture of the Year

Cannes Film Festival (2002)
Video Award Name Roman Polanski, Winner, Golden Palm

Professional Reviews

Box Office
"...THE PIANIST is a worthy Holocaust drama and a welcome return to form for Roman Polanski..." 08/01/2002 p.55

Film Comment
"...A monument to the indestructibility of the human spirit..." 11/01/2002 p.77

Los Angeles Times
"...THE PIANIST achieves the monumental without abandoning the modesty of its origins....Polanski's strange genius serves Szpilman's remembrance..." 12/27/2002 p.C1

New York Times
"...Mr. Polanski approaches this material with a calm, fierce authority. This is certainly the best work Mr. Polanski has done in many years..." 12/27/2002 p.E19

USA Today
"...[Polanski] brings history to life....It stays with you..." 12/18/2002 p.11D

Premiere
"...One of the most quietly moving stories in survivor literature, and now the cinema....Polanski tells the story with all of his cinematic mastery..." 02/01/2003 p.18

Entertainment Weekly
"...[A film] of riveting power and sadness, a great match of film and filmmaker -- and star, too..." 01/10/2003 p.53

Rolling Stone
"...A portrait of hell so shattering it's impossible to shake..." 02/06/2003 p.68

Sight and Sound
"...A work of sustained tension and ferocious clarity, and as near-perfect a marriage of subject and artist as could be imagined..." 02/01/2003 p.57-8

Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "Roman Polanski's unflinching Holocaust movie draws personal power from restraint." 10/01/2010

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 9 of 10
Recognizing that The Pianist is a true story adds another layer to its impact (although it is

San Francisco Examiner 10 of 10
The Pianist is performed in English, but it is filmed in Polanski's home country of Poland--t - Jeffrey M. Anderson

L.A. Times 9 of 10
There are, perhaps, a limited number of ways to narrate the catastrophe of the Holocaust. One way is - Manohla Dargis

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