History Film / ThePianist

15th May '16 1:43:52 PM KingZeal
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* SurvivorshipBias: Deconstructed. Szpilman has to live with knowing how many people (including his family) are dying thanks to the Nazis. The film is about his attempts to stay sane because of it.
12th Mar '16 5:56:37 PM Tuckerscreator
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* OscarBait: But still well regarded despite this. Creator/ArtSpiegelman who has been critical of "Holokitsch" films, praised ''The Pianist'' as admirable.

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* OscarBait: But still well regarded despite this. Creator/ArtSpiegelman Creator/ArtSpiegelman, who has been critical of "Holokitsch" films, praised ''The Pianist'' as admirable.
3rd Mar '16 4:56:47 PM AnotherGuy
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* HeroOfAnotherStory: Wilm Hosenfeld's kindness towards Szpilman was not a whim. At great personal risk, he had been using his position to save numerous Jews and Poles from death as far back as September 1939.

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* HeroOfAnotherStory: Wilm Hosenfeld's kindness towards Szpilman was not a whim. At great personal risk, he had been using his position to save numerous Jews and Poles from death as far back as September 1939. He was then captured by the Russians and tortured in captivity til his death in 1952.
22nd Feb '16 3:32:50 PM Jeduthun
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* ThePianoPlayer: Well, [[CaptainObvious yeah]]. Although he's a classical concert pianist, once the Nazis move in Szpilman must take cheap gigs in restaurants. (Until things gets worse.) A rare instance of the trope being PlayedForDrama.

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* ThePianoPlayer: Well, [[CaptainObvious yeah]]. Although he's a classical concert pianist, once the Nazis move in Szpilman must take is reduced to playing cheap gigs in restaurants. (Until bars and restaurants, since they didn't allow Jews to be in the arts. (Then things gets worse.go FromBadToWorse and he isn't able to touch a piano at all.) A rare instance of the trope being PlayedForDrama.
15th Jan '16 7:23:24 PM Naoto_best_waifu
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**It's worth mentioning that all German Officers were required to be members of the Nazi party, regardless of their beliefs.
3rd Nov '15 10:18:36 PM Fireblood
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* AllGermansAreNazis: {{Subverted}} with Wilm Hosenfeld who, despite being a captain of the German army, helped main character Szpilman escape from death and regularly gave him food. The Real Life Wilm Hosenfeld also fits into the subversion, having helped hide and rescued many Jews. Hosenfeld technically ''was'' a Nazi (he had joined the Party in 1935) but grew disgusted with them.
22nd Apr '15 2:14:45 PM gallium
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* AcademyAward: It won 3 of them: Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay.



** Subverted somewhat in the character of Hosenfeld. Although the graphic at the end correctly identifies him as a captain, in the film he appears to be a senior combat officer; the men in headquarters stand at attention when he enters and he signs written orders. The real Hosenfeld was in fact only a captain, and served as a [[http://www1.yadvashem.org/yv/en/righteous/stories/hosenfeld.asp "sports and culture officer"]].

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** Subverted somewhat in the character of Hosenfeld. Although the graphic at the end correctly identifies him as a captain, in the film he appears to be a senior officer in a combat officer; unit; the men in headquarters stand at attention when he enters and he signs written orders. The real Hosenfeld was in fact only a captain, and served as a [[http://www1.yadvashem.org/yv/en/righteous/stories/hosenfeld.asp "sports and culture officer"]].



* BittersweetEnding: Szpilman survives and resumes his career as a pianist. But his whole family was gassed in Treblinka. And as a further kick in the teeth, [[spoiler: Wilm Hosenfeld, the soldier who helped him survive the last few weeks of the war, died in a Soviet prison camp]].

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* BittersweetEnding: Szpilman survives and resumes his career as a pianist. But his whole family was gassed in Treblinka. And as a further kick in the teeth, [[spoiler: Wilm Hosenfeld, the soldier who helped him survive the last few weeks of the war, died in a Soviet prison camp]].camp.



** MostAnnoyingSound: {{Invoked}}; her whining gets on Helena's nerves, before she realizes just why she's been repeating that. [[spoiler: The woman had tried to hide her baby from the Germans, but in doing so smothered it and subsequently killed her own baby. The Germans heard the death rattle, and they were found.]]

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** MostAnnoyingSound: {{Invoked}}; her whining gets on Helena's nerves, before she realizes just why she's been repeating that. [[spoiler: The woman had tried to hide her baby from the Germans, but in doing so smothered it and subsequently killed her own baby. The Germans heard the death rattle, and they were found.]]



* ThePianoPlayer: Well, [[CaptainObvious yeah]]. Although he's a classical concert pianist, once the Nazis move in Szpilman must take cheap gigs in restaurants. (Until it gets worse.) A rare instance of the trope being PlayedForDrama.

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* ThePianoPlayer: Well, [[CaptainObvious yeah]]. Although he's a classical concert pianist, once the Nazis move in Szpilman must take cheap gigs in restaurants. (Until it things gets worse.) A rare instance of the trope being PlayedForDrama.



* TruthInTelevision: Sadly enough. Polanski supplemented Szpilman's memoirs with some details from his own experience as a Holocaust survivor. (The moment where Szpilman is stumbling away from the Treblinka train and the Jewish policeman says "Don't run!" was something that happened to Polanski.)

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* TruthInTelevision: Sadly enough. Polanski supplemented Szpilman's memoirs with some details from his own experience as a Holocaust survivor. (The The moment where Szpilman is stumbling away from the Treblinka train and the Jewish policeman says "Don't run!" was something that happened to Polanski.)
17th Apr '15 6:38:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* RedsWithRockets: They appear towards the end of the film, [[spoiler: and they almost kill Szpilman because of the coat Hosenfeld gave him.]]
17th Apr '15 6:37:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* NaziGermany: Obviously. Just about every Nazi in the movie is a bastard, [[CaptainObvious no surprises there]], except for Hosenfeld, who was a good man both in the movie and IRL (he felt ashamed at his country's actions, and in Warsaw, he used his position to refuge people, and made an effort to learn Polish so he could converse with those he befriended).
* NazisWithGnarlyWeapons: They appear at the beginning and towards the end, being the ones who are shown marching in the former and the ones using flamethrowers and Panzers against the Polish Home Army in the latter.



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15th Feb '15 4:31:23 PM Rmpdc.Dcstr94
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* NazisWithGnarlyWeapons: They appear at the beginning and towards the end, being the ones who are shown marching in the former and the ones using flamethrowers and Panzers against the Polish Home Army in the latter.


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* RedsWithRockets: They appear towards the end of the film, [[spoiler: and they almost kill Szpilman because of the coat Hosenfeld gave him.]]
* StateSec: The SS, obviously.
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