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Synopsis: The Pianist is a 2002 historical drama film co-produced and directed by Roman Polanski, scripted by Ronald Harwood, and starring Adrien Brody. It is based on the autobiographical book The Pianist, a World War II memoir by the Polish-Jewish pianist and composer Władysław Szpilman. The film was a co-production between France, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Poland.
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music



Black and white. Street scene. People toing and froing. A

man rattles by.




WLADYSLAV SZPILMAN plays Chopin's Nocturne in C sharp minor,

Posthumous. He's twenty-eight years old, elegant and


In the booth, separated from the studio by a glass screen,

an engineer, wearing collar and tie, monitors the broadcast.

Behind him, a window to the street with strips of paper

taped on it as protection against blast.

Without warning, a bomb drops nearby, then another and

another. The whole building shudders alarmingly and the

window in the booth shatters.

The engineer and Szpilman exchange a look as a man enters

the booth and talks urgently to the Engineer, then goes.

The engineer makes a 'cut-throat' gesture, but Szpilman

shakes his head, determined to play on.

He plays, then glances at the booth. The engineer has gone,

but through the shattered window he sees fires raging.

Very near, a loud, terrifying explosion. The reverberations

cause plaster to flake and dust to trickle down over his


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Ronald Harwood

Sir Ronald Harwood, CBE, FRSL (born Ronald Horwitz; 9 November 1934) is an author, playwright and screenwriter. He is most noted for his plays for the British stage as well as the screenplays for The Dresser (for which he was nominated for an Oscar) and The Pianist, for which he won the 2003 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. He was nominated for the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007). more…

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