The Pianist (2002) - Biography, Drama, Music

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A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.

IMDB: 8.5
Director: Roman Polanski
Stars: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann
Length: 150 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 87 out of 826 found boring (10.53%)

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The film as a whole is intriguing from the start, with characters that I really identified with.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 4: Worth watching.

Very gripping .

If you want formulaic movies with sympathetic heroes and a nice, untaxing storyline there are plenty to choose from.

Some scenes were so intense that I couldn't even gulp down the water that I had in my mouth.

Neither a hero or a villain, but just a dull, cold fish.

Intense .

Too long - too slow .

While I'm sure the latter problem is something of one of the great aesthetic/ethical crimes of the current cinema for someone like Jean-Luc Godard, for the filmgoer it means stodgy drama and lack of emotional identification first and foremost.

Bland and Obscene .

After I walked out of the Theater, I said to myself right away.

For while this latest work from Roman Polanski is a fascinating tale of survival in its own right, the film lacks the moral and psychological resonance that made Spielberg's work such a universally acclaimed masterpiece.

Being forced into a labor camp took time to get thru, slow agonizing months, weeks, days of it.

Roman Polanski's stunning vision of his native Warsaw is a haunting classic that will inform future generations of sober and stunned viewers.

It's more compelling because it tells the story of one man's suffering and survival, and it relates to the viewer on a personal level.

Usually a film that focuses on one main character gets boring or tiresome.

An inspired piece of filmmaking that is stunning to watch because it is so real and moving.

But i can promise you, You'll feel the the same emotions he, Wladyslaw Szpilman, wouldve felt, and it's intense, saddening, and a sad reminder to some of our past, but also: Thrilling.

This itself makes it a compelling drama worthy of admiration.

He's too simple and quiet while losing everything and being a survivor of War; he acts as if nothing happened.

This sort of propaganda movies are the ones that brainwash people into thinking that some countries or people are evil and some are good without even thinking about the causes and consequences of the actions in the story (specially when is such a delicate subject as this one where the story is actually a part of history and something that affect us all).

He is a mundane every-man who is, literally, yellow- his cowardlyness physically manifested as he suffers from jaundice.

The music in "Portrait" is way more beautiful, interesting and dramatic; however, in "The Pianist" it's dull, simple, and with no depth.

If that wasn't enough, just rewatch the part where the titular character walk, through the empty ghetto.

Overall, Polanski has given a stunning visual narrative of the cold war.

entertaining but predictable .

But these movies are very repetitive, showing horrible dramas of the most different survivors, or persons who died.

this movie was a real pleasure to watch had adrenaline running through me for some of the scenes because i didn't want to imagine the main character being killed or caught inside of the war torn scenes.

Just when the Nazi brutality against the Jews seems unbearable, a music-loving German soldier treats the pianist kindly while Jewish victims prey on each other.

The main character is a bland person in every way, with the exception of his musical abilities.

Adrien Brody depicts a man in turmoil, on the edge of lunacy and death.

I felt the movie plot made it very engaging.

The portrayal of one intelligent and sensitive person's efforts to survive the Nazi occupation of his country is absolutely riveting.

The film is slow and some scene of the Nazi brutality is shocking and sad.

In fact, it's entertaining enough as you watch it--those actors who look more like schoolboys from some prestigious English boarding school than starving Polish Jews, the mean Nazis, those duplicitous, red-cheeked Polacks.

The direction is breathtaking.

Oh yes, Sophie's Choice (which was far more gripping).

Awfully boring .

Did I mention the movie is quite boring?

This film was breathtaking and realistic.

The movie was good at first but then got very slow.

It was on verge for an easy ten out of ten, but then because of the duration of the movie it can't be kept on that same, entertaining pace.

Polanski shows the Jews in the ghetto engaging in the whole gamut of human affairs; being petty,being selfish,being cruel as well as being dignified,brave and most of all utterly human.

Apart from the scene with the suitcases, I found the whole thing banal, way too heavy handed and very clichéd.

I'd like to award it the Yawn D'or.

I have, however, seen more gripping scenes about the same subject (see: The Grey Zone, among others).

All in all, an absolutely stunning film, and one well worth your time.

I really enjoyed it.


The major highlight of this movie I must say is Adrien Brody's absolutley compelling performance as a Polish Jewish composer in hiding during the holocaust.

It is hard to imagine a film more boring than The Pianist.

Although the physical aspects of his life hardly change from day to day, routinely tedious and necessarily silent, Szpilman's inner life undergoes a metamorphosis.

Finally, in the most moving part of the film, he is aided in the most unexpected manner, by a high ranking German officer, who, upon discovering him hiding in a totally bombed out quarter of the city (we never know why the officer was there, seeing that the blocks and blocks of city were reduced to total rubble)....

A shell, while half-stunning you, opens an escape route.

Roman Polanski's take on the infamous Nazi Torture on the Jews is fascinating and enthralling.

The true story of Wladyslaw Szpilman is intense and poignant, the film itself is outstandingly directed by the brilliant Roman Polanski (Chinatown) and he realised Adrien Brody's amazing potential.

This movie is too long for what it depicts, one Jew's struggle to survive Nazi-occupied Warsaw during the second world war.

gripping though flawed drama .

It was definitely far too long - you could have clipped an hour (from anywhere) and it would have made no difference to the story.

Its as if Polanski was out looking for a story set with the Holocaust as backdrop and gave up, giving us a look at an uninteresting human being who essentially does nothing while great events unfold around him.

The dramatic life or death plot is very gripping.

In short, if you've read Primo Levi's subtle and very readable memoirs about life in the camps in Poland, "The Pianist" will seem one-dimensional, banal, and even as evil as the occupation and persecution it purports to denounce.

Like I said, very heartbreaking movie but definitely a worth watching one.

Quite apart from the politics of it, it's a tedious, predictable, uninspiring and far too long film with endless scenes of shouting and shooting Nazis, starving children and buildings blowing up every few moments.

Roman Polanski directs "The Pianist" spectacularly, allowing history to be brought to life in a way that's wrapped around a compelling story with talented film making.

This movie deserves to be in the top of all time movies, not just cause it's a classic masterpiece with top actors, I mean we all know Brody is great, along with many others who help him but the essence of the film is grim yet hopeful and the city is shown beautifully yet tragic, it just wanders along on a slow pace while keeping you interested.

The plot line in The Pianist is riveting, and Wlad Spielzman's story is truly inspiring.

I would be terribly disappointed and saddened at our society if I hear that someone walked out of seeing this movie without being moved or affected by it.

The cast were fantastic, the story was compelling and the directing was first cast.

But the underlying premise of this movie is unbearable and could only be made by a man like Polanski, who thinks that art erases crime.

we were waiting very much this movie since cannes,and when you walk out of the theater,your reaction is:it was just that??

Easily one of the most compelling WWII movies you will ever see.

The first half of this film is sensationalized, pretentious, laugh at the audience, propaganda driven film.

It feels real and you feel immersed from start to finish and it's because the director, Roman Polanski's knowledge and understanding of the holocaust and also the incredible acting performance of Adrien Brody, just stunning to look at.

In the five minutes you will take to read it you will learn more about this period of history than in the three hours of watching this excruciatingly dreary film.

The slow infiltration of anti-Semitism is portrayed realistically--first, Szpilman's family must wear stars of David on their arms, a seemingly harmless requirement.

It's also noticeable how formulaic these type of movies are .

Fascinating and exhausting--you won't come away from this film feeling ennobled or enlightened or uplifted.

Overall flat, slow paced and nothing new added to history.

Weak interpretation of the main actor, boring script, though it has some very good piano music towards the end.

This Movie held me on the edge of my seat.

An overrated, dull, non-story .

This had a stunning impact on me.

Don't waste your time on this movie .

Another "Good Nazi " cliché in Hollywood movie ?!

Boring and missing the point .

I highly recommend it.

It is emotionally gripping and the director has done justice to the brutality of the period it is set in.

He just stands there with a dumb look on his face and fumbles around until the Nazis give in to their own scene boredom!

That in itself is not necessarily a negative, however he has made some gripping films and this one just doesn't quite live up to that standard.

The imagery is powerful, moving and intense without being overly graphic, vulgar or gory.

It is truly difficult to carry a picture by oneself and remain compelling throughout.

Stunning account of the holocaust .

That wet Sunday, I found it all hard to internalise, but now Roman Polanski has directed a compelling film in which all these events and locations are brought to life all too realistically and vividly.

The endless, deadly dull "Pianist" will have you hissing at the end -- if you make it that far.

I left "The Pianist" bored and very, very sleepy.

The journey that he goes on is rather intense.

Anyway, I'm not going to praise it anymore because I think you can tell that I really enjoyed it.

Brody's performance is simply stunning, just perfect.

Certainly, Polanski's rendering of the daily mixture of ghoulishness, brutality, and bravery is breathtaking, owing in large part, I'm sure, to Mr. Polanski's personal experience of that time and place.

Overall, I found it unentertaining and predictable.

The atmosphere is realistic, provides additional historical knowledge, and great choice of music plus talented aggregate direction makes The Pianist enjoyable to watch even if you the Szpilman's story (as I did not, the twists were additional value to me).

Adrien Brody was interesting to watch, but the story seemed a little slow and it seemed to me the writer padded the story to fill out 2 hours.

He is immersed in this role.

Riveting, brilliant and not to be missed.

VERDICT: "High-Quality Stuff" - This is a rating to a movie I view as very entertaining and well made, and definitely worth paying the full price at a theater to see or own on DVD.

watched it several times and enjoyed it each time.

The scene towards the end, as he plays piano for the German officer, was one of the most moving and powerful scenes I can think to remember, and it is worth watching the film just for that scene alone.

this is an incredibly moving film and adrien brody richly deserved his unexpected win for best actor.

Where Schindler's List was poetic, beautiful and touching, this movie was just boring, empty and derivative.

Words are inadequate to describe the flawless flow of events in this absorbing account of Polish Jews facing extinction in the Warsaw Ghetto of the '40s during the Nazi reign of terror.

Beautiful and Stunning Movie.

There is nothing new, no story, no great characterisations and there is little that holds the viewer, except their unconscious or worse still, conscious guilt.

It was touching, and very intense.

Since no large group (to my limited knowledge of the world) still misunderstands the holocaust, this type of emotional drivel is pointless and gets the public riled up over something long dead, without adding anything new whatsoever.

Intense biography about a Polish pianist named Szpilman during the Warsaw ghetto .

But this movie, literal and plodding, did not have the imagination to make that crucial moment into a real scene.

Narratively though, contrived and underplayed.

What follows is a touching moment that transitions from rusty skills warming up to an intense and passionate display of artistic talent.

The violence is heartbreaking and graphic with showing the widespread killing, beating and burning of Jews and others, which can unbearable to watch at times.

The Pianist reflects intense reality.

Roman Polanski's Holocaust film about the Polish composer, Wladyslaw Szpilman is raw, gripping, brutal and uplifting.

I will always cherish this compelling film depicting both our humanity and our inhumanity.

After managing to escape the latest ship out, Spielzman flees to the dead, empty roads and streets of Warshaw, living off only the kindness of strangers.

Overall, a true work of art, and a compelling movie which would make you cry and sympathize the people, seeing how they were killed, and you would enjoy it too, great work of Polanski despite his past, which I will not discuss.

I highly recommend it.

Call Brody's acting whatever lovely adjectives you want (minimalist, subdued, etc…) but to me, it was bland and forgettable.

What a long and incredible boring movie .

Alternating scenes of bland lament and violent, pointless sadism.

Perhaps because of this - or in spite of it - I found the film gripping.

The negatives to this movie is that there were a lot of slow scenes and boring parts to the movie.

Some have objected to the film for having no story.

Roman Polanski's new movie, "The Pianist" is a truly gripping, devastating, heart-felt, unsentimental piece of work.

Far from cheerful viewing but an impacting and engaging film that helps keep history relevant .

Move along, no story here .

The music is breathtaking and it will send shivers down your spine,Md.

Far from the first motion picture to deal with the Holocaust and unlikely to be the last, this is nevertheless a stunning piece of film.

Directed by Roman Polanski, the movie is evidently brutal in its depiction of cruelty, or rather the banality of cruelty.

Too long, repetitive.

Perhaps some of Brody's experiences seem repetitive at times and the depiction of Germans sometimes approaches caricature.

Finally he finds an empty house that even has a piano in it---and lo and behold, a German officer regarding him quizzically.

thoughtful and gripping .

And the climax Warsaw street battles does provide some exciting movie elements, after we see how Jews are being tortured.

I felt the film was dull, lacked artistic imagination and its trite presentation of history really disappointing.

1" piece, they removed the happy parts, and kept only the relieving-then-intense parts.

Director Polanski, who lost his mother to the Holocaust, obviously not only used his own memories of the ghetto and the war, but collected enormous research in preparation for filming, because "The Pianist" depicts some truly harrowing situations such as this moment where a German officer, out of boredom, orders about twenty Jewish prisoners to line up.

Unexplained cruelty, a non-character and very many fascinating wooden cupboards.

The story is presented in a series of nearly unforgettable scenes -- some intimate, others covering breathtaking landscapes of increasing desolation and destruction.

You start caring about the characters from scene one and you don't stop caring till the end, and your buy-in gets more and more intense.

The unexpected hero in the form of the sympathetic German Hosenfeld does not reap any reward for his good deeds.

This movie was absolutley stunning.

One high angle shot I remember well shows his silhouette as he walks in the middle of an empty street surrounded by destroyed buildings.

When I first watched this film, my mind was quick to compare the film to Spielbergs "Schindlers List" as many other viewers have probably done also, but then the film took an unexpected twist, which changed my perception and comparisons entirely.

But what are we in the audience to do during these scenes, other than to yawn, shift in our seats and pray for relief?

Far too predictable for my taste.

This left the task of creating a enjoyable or powerful movie to the story and the acting, both of which were...

Really, few words will do the film justice but if I may say visually stunning and existentially powerful, perhaps that may be a meager start.

Essentially dull, rather than powerful, only the last 45 minutes make this film memorable.

It turned out to be a real adaption for Wladyslaw Szpilman's miserable attempt to survive the dense era of the World War 2, and oh boy was it intense !

He's dependent on others while hiding out and, like they say, sometimes help comes from the most unexpected sources.

Brilliantly Narrated, Visually Stunning.

It is such a compelling story as are almost all of them on this subject.

I started to leave during Schindler's List because, well, we all know the story of the holocaust and to subject myself to that nightmare of stress, isn't really worth it.

"The Pianist" is a tale of horrors and and unexpected miracles through the life of Wladek, played flawlessly by Adrien Brody set in Warsaw during and after the WWII.

Of course, we know the worst is to come, but Polanski takes his time to get us immersed in the war's ambiance and letting us observe the progressive decline of the Spillmans, directly mirroring the atmosphere that probably prevailed within all the Jewish families.

Well, it was a breathtaking experience.

It is so engaging.

Set on the backdrop of the holocaust in Warsaw, 'The Pianist' tells the gripping story of how a Polish Jewish musician, Wladyslaw Szpilman, survives the pogrom.

Stunning and deeply moving film about war, atrocities, hope, and survival.

But it also creates this beautiful cinematic poetry, powerfully evocative, that was the signature of "2001" and "Barry Lyndon", and more recently of Lynch's -more "arty"- "Mullholland drive".

A very engaging and fantastically shot WW2 film which is one of Polanski's best films in years.

It is hard to imagine a film more boring than The Pianist.

But dull, definitely.

It does become very redundant and tiresome and some could consider it boring.

The creator of 'Chinatown' and 'Rosemary's Baby' has truly out done himself with this incredibly powerful, visually compelling piece about the Jewish ghetto in Warshaw.

That last part is good because it does tend to wake you up during this class A snoozer.

When things get boring, Polanski tosses in a "people getting shot/burnt/shipped off" scene although they have no connection to the story.

And because the camerawork is so subtle, we are slowly immersed in the film to the point where it takes on a spooky sense of surrealism and we are as shocked as the protagonist to see the grim, jagged skyline of Warsaw after bombing, the indescribable brutality visited on random Jews, and the unfolding of events outside the main character's window.

Breathtaking .

Instead we are treated to long, long scenes of our hero fiddling about in empty apartments or sifting through rubble for a bite to eat or having rather ordinary conversations with his family or those who help him.

The Pianist is one of the best films about the Second World War, Roman Polanski portrays perfection the horror of war and the sufferings of the Jews , the cast is very good, Adrien Brody is his best performance in his career, makes a strong presence , the cast has Thomas Kretschmann , Emilia Fox , Ed Stoppard , and etc , some are with middle surface acting , most not committed , photography is excellent, the script it's great , even with slip-ups , I thought the movie was longer than it should I found half dragged at times, the costume is very well done , the soundtrack is very good, the pace is good, even with a few moments he was slow, the film earned 3 Oscar deservedly , Best Actor, Best Director and Best Adapted screenplay , the Pianist is one of the best movies about the Nazis , has very heavy moments and excellent acting Adrien Brody .

Sometimes, it's downright boring.

Went to see this film based on the gripping trailers.

The scenes in which the main character strolls through the empty ruins of homes is nothing less that chilling.

His performance was breathtaking.

Brody truly shines in this role; he is neither too bland or too over-dramatic.

The major highlight of this movie I must say is Adrien Brody's absolutley compelling performance as a Polish Jewish composer in hiding during the holocaust.

Though it was still engaging, they could have probably shortened it just a bit to make it more rounded.

But, overall this is a superb movie, not complicated, and enjoyable.

Clueless Polanski's Holocaust Cliche .

This movie will make you look closely at the persons you love, tell them you love them before leaving for work each morning and this will be because you will realize that life is short and unpredictable and maybe in the next second, you will be gone so LIVE life while you can.

While the cruelty toward the Jews is well captured, the Jewish people in this story are portrayed not as saints but as real three dimensional individuals, which actually makes the story even more believable and compelling.

There are so many riveting, horrendous scenes.

It was so boring towards the end i would have turned it off if other people weren't watching it with me.

I failed to get excited about this movie however, and on occasion I actually got bored while watching it.

Also, the music was breathtaking.

Breathtaking .

Even in terms of plot, there are jagged edges in this film and it is generally an unsmooth and uninteresting ride through material that has been covered ad infinitum by better writers.

It is really breathtaking especially when you fathom in how they were actually able to do it.

Actually the food allegory is appropriate though slightly confusing .

There is a fascinating bit at the end with a (seemingly) conscience-stricken German officer who listens to Szpilman's piano-playing and protects him in the last days before the Soviets capture the city.

But, whereas Polanski's Holocaust is ho-hum and humorless, they show, even under the most trying of circumstances, human beings are still capable of love, joy and delight.

In this regard, Polanski's movie is both bland and abhorrent.

Adrien Brody's performance as Szpilman is powerful and compelling and his transformation from a well-off, cultured, and respected musician to a weak and starving refugee fighting for survival is almost unwatchable; such is its realism.

A very good piece of cinematic art, yet a very un-enjoyable way to spend 2+ hours.

While Spzilman isn't only performing in front of the captain, he's also entertaining the other German soldiers to think about besides being chased by the Red Army.


The rest is pointless filler, done far better by a half dozen other directors.

Polanski is so full on with the horrors that many of them fall into cliché and the result is that there is no emotional response left from the viewer for the rest of the film.

Overall, The Pianist is a thrilling, moving, and engaging film that has to be seen, even though it feels a little longer than it actually is.

If things go a little slow for you, watch half of The Pianist one night, and the other half when your nerves are back to normal.

I don't care how important the subject matter is, this film is as boring as anything I've ever seen.

The movie dragged on way too long and it was incredible slow.

BreathTaking .

Evocative cinematography by cameraman Pawel Edlman, Polanski's usual.

I personally enjoyed the pointless shooting of Jewish randoms, where they line up every marching Jew and take a bullet to the heads of a selection of those unlucky bunch.

The Germans dragged survivors from the cellars and rubble.

Even the colors depicted here are very dark and drab as it symbolizes an era where bright vibrant colours is nowhere in sight.

Rather it's a story of two, portraying the director's emotional and intense experiences as well as Szpilman's in this realistically accurate film.

I am stunned by other's comments,this movie was boring .

However the problem with this is, that it is extremely dull for the audience.

Only he could convey all the intense feelings of fear and depression of the Jews.

It shed no new light on the subject and compared to Schindler's list is dull, tedious, mediocre and plain boring.

This makes their impending death that much more compelling, knowing they'll never get the chance to grow out of their brattiness.

Lengthy, but hypnotic; an unsettling, intense dramatic achievement.

People have slow lives.

The performance was breathtaking and just the picture it self created a wide array of emotions for viewers.

Most of his films tell engaging stories that are accessible to anyone.

So might argue that there a barley no story is focus on and there right.

It is this moral complexity which makes The Pianist so compelling.

Watch it and then watch Polanski's "masterpiece" and you should notice how empty and lacking heart "The Pianist" really is.

There's an old man entertaining a group of children.

Brody's performance is stunning!

I found The Pianist to be terribly boring and tedious, and Adrien Brody's acting dull and uninspired.

And yet amid the usual roster of sadism, there are notes of unexpected poignancy that tug at your heart strings.

It is a fascinating thing to think about, even though it is something very subtle in the film.


In the first part of the film we witness how Szpilman's family and an entire group of `individuals' are subjected to humiliations,degradations and random shots by the Nazies(the death is unexpected and doesn't make any sense,without any purpose,the German soldier puts out the gun,stuck in the woman's face and kills her_a woman shot in the street falling into a crouching position).

Important and fascinating piece of work that I was made for all the right reasons.

There were at least 750 stories within the burning ghetto, but the one followed in The Pianist is equally compelling once the Warsaw ghetto is in ruins and Szpilman's life becomes the sole focal point of the film.

This removal from the action might be bothersome, but the things we are watching are fascinating nonetheless, and this odd perspective again reinforces the appreciation of the fact that this is a true story.

Please dont waste you time watching this piece of crap.

Later, he escapes the ghetto and lives, variously, in empty flats and an abandoned hospital, becoming a bearded, rather bizarre and solitary figure - like the last man alive in a post-holocaust world.

I award it the Yawn D'or.

A compelling story of a fortunate man .

Its casual attitude to the violence seems mundane rather than shocking and there is nothing here that Steven Spielberg didn't do better in Schindler's List.

My favorite scene is when Szpilman is confined to an empty apartment with a piano.

People are starting to panic behind a soundproof window but it is a suspenseful panic because whilst we in the studio can see the panic and stress the disc jockey is going through, we are tantalisingly put on hold in terms of the horror of the attack.

For most of the screen time alone in front of the camera he delivers a stunning performance which is worth every single inch of the Oscar statuette.

Every action was meaningful and powerful, the cinematography breathtaking.

2003 continued the trend for the politics to rule the Academy Awards, giving the most prestigious gong to the boring Chicago over this, possibly Polanski's last great masterpiece.

I don't know about you, but I haven't exactly become desensitized to such horrific imagery (like some others apparently have), and I still find those topics to be increasingly fascinating to watch in movie form.

I thought this movie was generally a waste of time.

Everyone was great, as was the music and cinematography, it all came together in a harrowing and stunning film that actually means something.

Review The Pianist is a stunning masterpiece directed by Roman Polanski and starring Adrien Brody in quite possibly the best role he's ever done.

The Pianist is about young Jewish man who his talent for playing the piano led to an unexpected journey .

The Pianist is surely one of my favourite World War II movies, due to it's wonderful acting, music, and disturbing entertaining scenes.

Roman Polanskis Pianist is a haunting film that had on the edge of my seat as I journey alongside with Szpilman through Poland in WW2.

This gripping story of one man's will to survive is definitely the best Holocaust film ever made.

This movie was a beautiful, compelling film about the atrocities ofNazis against European Jews.

The integration of the German soldier is well-wrought and unexpected despite a persistent, terrible sense that the pianist's "luck" cannot hold out.

But in a nutshell, it moved me, made me cry, made me feel like I was in the Polish ghetto in 1940, and ultimately made me kiss the sidewalks as I walked out of the theater and thanked God that I live in the free society that I do.

He is dangerously unpredictable, he knows what pain and sorrow is, and knows how to transfer it on screen.

One intriguing aspect that I felt was brilliant in retrospect (a bit of spoiler here) is that we don't get to really see Szpilman play the piano until late in the film.

For some strange reason I found it difficult to follow and I did think that at almost two and a half hours it was a little bit too long.

How Szpilman manages to survive can only be described as a completely implausible miracle (but if that's what you like, great) Overall you may also find the film's pace a tad slow, especially the part where is shuffled from apartment to apartment by friends (almost 1/2 hour of screen time if I recall correctly) Did they really need to bring in the doctor at that one point?

The story is riveting.

The Oscar-nominated cinematography by Pawel Edelman (Ray, Oliver Twist) is stunning.

During this time, the film moves the slowest, appearing lackluster and flat, somewhat bereft of hope that the remainder of the film might return to its compelling first half.

In the end, "The Pianist" successfully blends all of its components into a compelling tale of survival.

The "boredom" is suddenly cut short when local resistance members start attacking the Germans and we see some more action, as during the first half.

Compelling and Sad .

This is not to say that the reality was not thus, but for the spectator, it gets rather boring.

) Chopin built pieces designed to be bent in performance, designed with empty rooms that a pianist could explore.

It follows him from a peaceful life as a piano player on polish radio, to the ghetto's of Warsaw, to hiding in empty apartments, and all the while dreaming of life as it once was.

Yawn yawn yaw........

In fact, there's a considerable part of the film, executed in a quietly riveting manner, where the viewers only see Szpilman, desolate, haggard and in fearful and anxious silence, going from one place to another within the completely-ruined Warsaw, for fear of being caught by the SS guards and alleviating hunger and thirst with whatever comes his way.

While I consider this film good, I feel that "Schindler's List" is much more compelling, and an over-all better movie.

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz .

Very controversial film - personally, I found it rather dry.

Adrien Brody is absorbing as an artist overwhelmed in the escalating nightmare; his characteristically expressive mug reminding me very much of the Giancarlo Giannini protagonist in Lina Wertmuller's SEVEN BEAUTIES (still my favorite movie dealing with Nazi persecution).

Notwithstanding the film's flaws, I felt that Adrien Brody did quite a convincing job despite the formulaic plot in a difficult role portraying Mr. Szpilman and therefore ought to be nominated for "Best Actor" at the upcoming Oscars.

It has some intense action sequences.

For those of us hoping for something a little more interesting, this film is pretty dull.

It is visually stunning, with a breathtaking performance by Brody in the foreground,history in the background and Chopin masterfully interwoven in between.

Holocaust cliche?

A truly stunning tale of the will to survive and a tension filled 2 and a half hours thanks to Polanski's no fuss professional turn behind camera, this is true life based storytelling at its finest and a worthy film to sit alongside other revered War based film classics.

This film will bore you if you are not either, jewish, polish, or easily pleased when it comes to "worthy" material.

He's too quiet, and uninteresting.

The most compelling scene is actually when the family is stuck waiting out in the sun for the train.

A bit long for my taste, and sometimes, very slow.

Roman Polanski shows flair in his fantastic directing and the overall film is well worth watching.

Amazingly, Polanski is able to occasionally inject the faintest touches of black humor and irony to this, which makes for some very intriguing viewing.

Szpilman was an intense young man, living in an upscale neighbourhood of Warsaw with his extensive family, including his mother (Maureen Lipman), father (Frank Finlay), brother Henryk (Ed Stoppard) and sisters.

" This is oneof the two stunning holocaust films brought to us by a director of big quality, Roman Polanski We are presented with the true story of polish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman.

Directing and acting was so BORING

The Pianist is a very gripping and heartfelt movie.

The fact that a stodgy, tasteless musical like 'Chicago' won the Oscar for Best film over 'The Pianist' is beyond comprehension.

Later when asked to play for the German officer, he conveys such intense passion.

Filmmaker Roman Polanski delivers his most intimate and compelling work in years (Polanski himself is a Holocaust survivor who experienced intense loss) filtering his own life experiences into his dogged protagonist with all-too painful and assertively unflinching portrait of an exceptionally gifted musician in an unending nightmare replete with graphic violence that comes without warning, hope in the least likely forms and ultimately triumph in the face of evil.

Empty Movie .

The viewer should note that, describing this film using those familiar euphemisms as 'intense' or 'disturbing' severely understates the impact it will have on you.

It's unexpected filmmaking, a complex yet measured account of Jewish life in wartime Warsaw, both in the ghetto and outside of it, filmed, as always, in Polanski's clean, simple style with beautiful camerawork (by Pawel Edelman) and evocative lighting.

Don't waste your time and money on this claptrap.

Makes me wonder how & where he was able to draw those intense emotions to make it seem so real.

More interesting is how an entire nation (Germany) could allow this to happen--a point which goes entirely unaddressed as we watch three hours of another Jew in another awful situation.

The cinematography is breathtaking.

From personal experience he spins a yarn into a web of movie genius that is so objective and so awe inspiring that it rivets your attention without mercy.

Szpilman is certainly entitled to have his story told, but taken in the larger context of too many World War II films telling about the Jews (8 million dead) and ignoring the 80 million others, it plays like propaganda.

Yet this film is really compelling and by having it focus meticulously on one individuals struggles, makes it even more gripping.

The story is compelling throughout and remains believable so that the viewer can be brought into the midst of Wladyslaw's struggles and deliverance.

Brody's performance, for which he won an Oscar, is breathtaking.

It's interesting to point out that the sky had nearly always been dark and dreary.

absolutely stunning .

Great start, slow pacing middle, triumphant end .

This is the story of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew, a gifted pianist, whose family is taken to a concentration camp and he is left to scatter along the empty, lifeless streets of a destroyed Warsaw.

In the end the entire movie seems pointless and empty.

This sort of propaganda movies are the ones that brainwash people into thinking that some countries or people are evil and some are good without even thinking about the causes and consequences of the actions in the story (specially when is such a delicate subject as this one where the story is actually a part of history and something that affect us all).

The movie is quite slow at times, and I don't think this should be ranked as high as many viewers have ranked it.

It does not attempt to paint the picture in terms of "Good Jews" and "Bad Germans", but rather that both sides had their heroes, villians, and confused people who could be seen as both, and that not every good deed was rewarded or bad deed punished - which from my readings, and from the stories my grandmother has told me (such as my Grandfather's life being saved by a Ukranian SS officer), is much more honest and plays on-screen as more compelling and realistic.

Boring, boring, boring....

An eye-opener, a stunner and a breathtaking performance .

The most enjoyable thing about this scene is that it really reflects the symbolism of the pianist's extraordinary musical gift, because in a dark time such as this, music is the only pure thing that still remains, and in the end it is the thing that saves the pianist's life.

Although many events are depicted pertaining to both family and strangers surrounding him, the movie focuses on one particular Jew's personal story, thus making it particularly compelling.

It seems more like a cliché.

It would have been interesting to see Polanski driving the narration in a more objective way, showing the cause and the effect (in other words the reason why the Germans invaded Poland and persecuted the Jewish folk, as well as the persecution itself), and not only the effect, especially if proceeding that way the victimization of the Jewish is out of question (there's no way to be an apologist of the Holocaust, but there could have been a little sketch of the poor excuse for a twisted logic there was behind the invasion that would "explain" the behavior of the German soldiers in the movie), but would have avoided to fall into the coarse cliché it did.

This beautifully shot and produced film unfortunately has no plot or story.

It was also fascinating to watch the piano side of this character's story.

I'm often reluctant to watch Holocaust movies because I know beforehand that they will have very hard to digest moments, and they are almost an act of masochism, two hours of intense suffering.

Also , since our hero is an empty character , then why should I care if he's struggling to survive ?

He shows Szpilman and his family breaking apart: they go to the camps, with the certainty of death; Szpilman manages to run and becomes a wanderer in the empty Ghetto, surviving thanks to the good will of people, and to his own resourcefulness.

Polanski's project has no story at all, merely a life of accidents.

If you've ever seen The Legend of 1900 and enjoyed it, you should be happy to hear that this movie is similar in nature and scope.

But there is a downsize: the story stays very close to the book, in fact, it adds nothing new to it, except for the stunning images.