The Pianist

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.
Director(s): Roman Polanski
Production: Focus Features
  Won 3 Oscars. Another 52 wins & 73 nominations.
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150 min

And he, too, is carried with the flow into the lobby. Debris

everywhere. Szpilman fights to get to the main door, when

another bomb explodes, filling the air with dust and debris,

obscuring him and everyone else.


The Szpilman family in panic: coming and going out of rooms,

packing clothes and belongings into open suitcases and a

trunk in a comfortable, tastefully furnished bourgeois

apartment, the living room lined with books, paintings and

boasting a boudoir grand, silver platters and candlesticks.

The family consist of MOTHER, in a state of great anxiety,

FATHER, REGINA, twenty-six, HALINA, twenty-two, and HENRYK,

twenty-four, the only one not in movement. He sits by the

radio set, ear to the speaker, trying to tune to a station.

No bombs now, just the distant sound of artillery fire.

Father, holding a silver-framed photograph, crosses to



What you think, should I take Uncle

Szymon's photograph?


Take it, don't take it, take what

you like. Can't you see I'm worried



He'll come home, he'll be all right.

He goes into his room. She can barely control her tears

and hurries into the kitchen just as the front door opens

and Szpilman enters, looks round bemused by the activity.

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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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