The Pianist: A Film Analysis Of The Film The Pianist

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The Holocaust is one of the most dreadful and unforgettable time in human history. This event of a huge genocide has become the topic of many films; and “The Pianist” is one of them.“The Pianist” is a historical drama directed by Roman Polanski. Personally, I think this is a great movie that is worthy to watch. Through the realistic scenes in the film, the touching performances of Adrien Brody, and the unique way which the film was shot, Polanski has successfully brought the audience to experience the terror of the Holocaust and the hope and strength for survival. “The Pianist” describes how Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Jewish pianist, manages to escape from the Ghetto and survive through the massacre of Jews in Poland by luck. The most surprising…show more content…
To be honest, I think the movie is nothing without Brody playing as Wladyslaw Szpilman. Surprisingly, Brody is actually not Polanski’s first choice as Wladyslaw Szpilman. After being chosen, Brody puts in a lot of effort for the movie and his role. In order to be really able to play Szpilman, someone who lost his family and had been starving for a long time, Brody isolated himself by leaving his apartment, stopping to watch any television and by selling his car. For over six weeks, Brody had practiced piano every single day. In addition, Brody lost 14 kg to play the bony Szpilman. Brody’s most touching performance throughout the movie is the part where Szpilman plays the piano in front of a German officer, Wilm Hosenfeld. The moment when Hosenfeld first brings Szpilman into a room with a piano, Szpilman looks at the piano as if he has never imagined that he would be able to touch any piano ever again. When Szpilman sat down in front of the piano, a sense of uneasiness appeared on his face. Before meeting Hosenfeld, Szpilman is at his lowest point, however as he plays the piano, a sense of hope seems to occur inside Szpilman. In this 8 and a half minute scene, Szpilman plays out all his frustration in the music. It is amazing that despite suffering for such a long time, music seems to be able to cure Szpilman. That particular scene made me cried. Brody’s acting skill is so perfect in this scene. At that moment, Brody seems to be Szpilman, instead of acting as him. Brody’s effort finally pays off when he received the “Best Actor” award in Oscar. Brody became one of the youngest Oscar award

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