The Pianist is probably the best movie ever made about the Holocaust. And to those who came in late, I have said from time to time that Schindler’s List is the greatest movie ever made. Before you jump to conclusions, I still say that Schindler’s List is the greatest movie ever made because the way I look at it, it was a drama with Holocaust as the layout. The Pianist on the other hand is about the Holocaust with a drama as the layout.
It is the true tale of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a pianist who did survive through the hells of World War II. He is portrayed by Adrien Brody, who breathes life into this character as no one could have. His portrayal is one of the best cine history holds witness to, and when I learned that he is the youngest actor (29) to win the Academy Award for Best Actor, believe me, I reckon I was the least surprised man on Earth.
Director Roman Polanski, who has gifted us with gems like Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown, has himself endured the horrors of Holocaust. The plot by Ronald Harwood is meticulously crafted so as to accommodate the characters within replete Nazi brutality without over-doing it. However, Polanski never creates scenarios so as to just showcase the horrors, they instead work hand-in-hand with character movements.
it is a difficult movie to watch, one of the few where I has to turn my eyes away from the screen (the torture scene in Syriana was the only other time). And that is where its greatness lies. It makes us look back and endure the brutality for we come to care deeply about Szpilman. The cinematography of Pawel Edelman is stupendous. If you notice, you can see how he drains the colour gradually as the movie progresses so as to illustrate the enhancing darkness.
The Pianist is about hope and humanity surviving in the midst of all evil, and is truly an inspiring movie which makes sure that there won’t be a single dry eye in the house by the time the screen fades.
RATING : 9.5 / 10
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