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The Pianist


Nominated for 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and winner of 3, The Pianist, stars Oscar winner Adrien Brody in the true-life story of brilliant pianist and composer Wladyslaw Szpilman...

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ON for kids age 16
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4 out of 5

True story of a Jewish pianist; OK for older kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is clearly not a movie for children. However, in addition to being an excellent work of art, it's an instructive movie for teenagers who take for granted the comfort and stability of their world. War isn't glamorous, and the most principled and courageous people are among its first victims. This is an excellent movie about survival, fate, and values. It's a very worthwhile movie for young adults. Parents should know that the movie has strong language and graphic and horrific violence, including casual murder of Jews.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why movies like this one, which is based on a true story, are so important, even today. Are there any current events you can think of that are similar to the plight of Jews in World War II?

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: One of the most indelible Holocaust films ever made.

- David Edelstein, Slate, Saturday, August 11, 2007

Fresh: POWERFUL seems too small a word to describe The Pianist, a masterpiece from a master film-maker.

- Shannon J. Harvey, Sunday Times (Australia), Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

5 stars

Schindler's List, the ultimate holocast drama, was told from the viewpoint of Oscar Schindler the anti-hero no-jew who becomes their saviour, whereas The Pianist is told solely and intimately from the viewpoint of a Jewish pianist in the Warsaw ghetto. Adrien Brody is shateringly powerful in his meek silence, deserving of his Oscar. The Pianist is haunting, the scene in which the SS officer has him play the piano is one of the most powerful scenes I have ever seen. An essential film.

- smith44, Friday, February 5, 2010

4 stars

Great acting from Adrian Brody, the man deserve the Oscar.... Holocaust always be a good material for every good movie.

- citawijaya, Wednesday, June 24, 2009

5 stars

One of the most beautiful to look at haunting survivor stories I have ever seen. Adrien Brody (who deserved the Oscar this film brought him) is brilliant as a talented Polish Jew musician whose life and career suddenly get interrupted due to World War II and the Holocaust. This is Roman Polanski's most personal film, as he added in elements from his own life and history, and overall, this may very well be his most powerful and riveting film as well. This is a heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting tale that needs to be seen by everyone.

- cosmo313, Saturday, January 24, 2009