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.
 
IMDB:
8.5
Metacritic:
85
Rotten Tomatoes:
95%
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Year:
2002
150 min
$32,519,322
Website
51,265 Views

FADE IN:

INT. WARSAW (ARCHIVE) - DAY

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

man rattles by.

SUPERIMPOSE CAPTION:

WARSAW 1939

INT. STUDIO, RADIO STATION, WARSAW - DAY

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

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

handsome.

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

face.

And then a bomb explodes even closer. The glass screen

separating booth from studio implodes, showering Szpilman

with glass. He stops, frozen.

INT. STAIRS AND LOBBY, RADIO STATION - DAY

Pandemonium. Chaos. People rushing in all directions, many

carrying files, boxes, papers, shouting, calling. Some of

the men in military uniform. The bombing continuous.

Szpilman fights his way down the stairs. He has a small

cut on his forehead and is dabbing it with his handkerchief.

He has a dazed look. Halfway down the stairs, A young woman,

DOROTA, tugs at his sleeve:

DOROTA:

Mr. Szpilman.

He turns, to see an extremely pretty young woman gazing

adoringly at him while they're jostled and shoved. His

eyes light up.

SZPILMAN:

Hello.

DOROTA:

I came specially to meet you today.

I love your playing, but what a

day to choose.

SZPILMAN:

Who are you?

DOROTA:

My name's Dorota, I'm Jurek's

sister. oh! You're bleeding.

SZPILMAN:

It's nothing.

JUREK pushes in beside them and takes her arm.

JUREK:

C'mon, Dorota, you can write him a

fan letter later, this isn't the

best time, c'mon.

Jurek, pulling Dorota, fights his way down the stairs.

SZPILMAN:

(calling)

Jurek, why have you been hiding

her?

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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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