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Yuritzi Soto

March 01, 2012

The Pianist

The Pianist is a great movie based on a true story. The movie is set in the1940s at the

beginning of the Holocaust during World War II. The film begins with a black and white scene.

Wladyslaw Szpilman (played by actor Adrien Body), a famous Polish Jew living in Warsaw, and

working for a radio station as a Pianist sees bombs dropping at the radio station where he works.

After the radio station is destroyed by an explosion from German bombing he leaves the station,

and he meets a pretty lady named Dorota (played by actress Emily Fox), but they discover they

have different faiths. Szpilman then heads home to his family. Szpilman and his family realize

that Britain and France have declared war on Nazi Germany.They truly believe that the war will

end quickly so Szpilman and his family do not worry.

The film, directed by Roman Polanski, received numerous nominations such as the Oscar

for the best director, best adapted screenplay and best actor. This film successfully portrays a

true story in memory of Wlydslaw Szpilman a Polish Jewish pianist who survived the Holocaust.

This movie has different effects. One example of this is when the Jews are forced to live in the

ghettos and wear armbands imprinted with the blue Star of David to identify themself. All Jews

weather rich or poor are put to live together where food is hard to find and death awaits them all.

One of the scenes that made me feel sad is when a group of soldiers go into the apartments

across from Szpilman, and they order the family on the top floor of the apartments to stand and

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because the older man in a wheelchair is unable to stand, two of the soldiers throw him off the

balcony. The rest of the family is then taken out into the street and shot. This scene was done

effectively because the actors make it look so realistic while my eyes fill with tears at seeing how

the soldiers threw the poor old man off the balcony just because he could not stand up in front of

them. However, not everything in the movie is sad. The part of the film that I most enjoyed is

when Szpilman plays the piano and the music is peaceful and relaxing. It made everything seem

normal. However, the movie started to become more melancholy and this is evident when the

people are dying everyday. Some kill themselves and others are shot by the

German soldiers. I just can not imagine how horrific it was back in those times.

The part of the film that made me cry was when all the Jewish people including the

Szpilman family tries to escape deportation, but find it inevitable. Everyone was deported to

death concentration camps where all were either shot, burned or gassed to death. Szpilman is the

only one who survives in the ghetto of all the hundreds of dead bodies lying in the streets. He is

pulled away from deportation by one of the Jewish policemen that admired his music and

befriends him. He saves his life and sends him back into the ghetto. The ghetto however is empty

because all the Jews were killed or deported. He is the only Jew left. A year goes by and his

life in the ghetto further deteriorates. During this period, he suffers

from hunger and lives in hiding. He befriends two non- Jews (Anderzej Bougcki and his wife

Janina Bougcki) who help him in hiding, give him food and help him avoid being captured by

the Germans. While in hiding, he witnesses many horrific acts committed by the German

soldiers. In his first hiding place one of the German neighbor discovers Szpilman but is unable to

capture him. That gives Szpilman the chance to find another place to hide. In his second hiding

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place he almost dies from jaundice and malnutrition. This part of the movie is

really sad his body looks like a skeleton....
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