The Pianist

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Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  148 min.
Release Date: December 25, 2002
DVD: May 27, 2003

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Cast: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Maureen Lipman, Emilia Fox, Ed Stoppard, Julia Rayner, Jessica Kate Meyer


Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew, was a celebrated composer and pianist who played the last live music heard over Polish radio airwaves before Nazi artillery hit. During the brutal occupation, he eluded deportation and remained in the devastated Warsaw Ghetto. There, he struggled to stay alive even when cast away from those he loved. He would eventually reclaim his artistic gifts, and confront his fears, with aid from the unlikeliest source -- a German officer who helped him hide in the final days of the war.

Based on the autobiography of Wladyslaw Szpilman.

Director: Roman Polanski
Studio: Focus Features
Producer(s): Roman Polanski, Alain Sarde, Robert Benmussa
Screenplay: Ronald Harwood, Roman Polanski
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