History Film / ThePianist

3rd Apr '18 11:45:30 PM Fireblood
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* LesCollaborateurs: The Jewish ghetto police. Szpilman's brother scornfully refuses to join them; one saves Szpilman's life later. In RealLife they were eventually gassed along with the rest of the ghetto.Although interestingly some of the more brutal members of the police are known to have survived the war.

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* LesCollaborateurs: The Jewish ghetto police. Szpilman's brother scornfully refuses to join them; one saves Szpilman's life later. In RealLife they were eventually gassed along with the rest of the ghetto. Although interestingly some of the more brutal members of the police are known to have survived the war.war. Many were charged with war crimes and treason by the Polish state.



* 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.

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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 probably died from torture in 1952.



* ImprobableAimingSkills: Right when the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warsaw_Uprising Warsaw Uprising]] starts, unseen Polish fighter manages to shoot a long series out of a machine pistol, mowing down all German soldiers without hitting two nurses standing between them.

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* ImprobableAimingSkills: Right when the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warsaw_Uprising Warsaw Uprising]] starts, an unseen Polish fighter manages to shoot a long series burst out of a machine pistol, mowing down all German soldiers nearby without hitting two nurses standing between them.



* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: The Germans, and especially the SS, are shown committing numerous atrocities on Polish civilians. The Soviets are also briefly shown treating German prisoners, including Hosenfeld, like cattle.

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* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: The Germans, and especially the SS, are shown committing numerous atrocities on Polish civilians. The Soviets are also briefly shown treating the German prisoners, including Hosenfeld, like cattle.cattle. He later died in captivity, as did many others.
14th Feb '18 4:29:35 AM Rmpdc
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* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: The Germans, and especially the SS, are shown committing numerous atrocities on Polish civilians. The Soviets are also briefly shown treating German prisoners, including Hosenfeld, like cattle.
20th Dec '17 6:59:00 AM gravious
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* WhileRomeBurns: Even after the Nazis have occupied Warsaw, forced all the Jews in the city into a ghetto area and begun the process of the Final Solution, the wealthy Jewish bankers carry on as though it were business as usual, right until the very end.
17th Dec '17 2:37:07 AM ivfl
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* LesCollaborateurs: The Jewish ghetto police. Szpilman's brother scornfully refuses to join them; one saves Szpilman's life later. In RealLife they were eventually gassed along with the rest of the ghetto.

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* LesCollaborateurs: The Jewish ghetto police. Szpilman's brother scornfully refuses to join them; one saves Szpilman's life later. In RealLife they were eventually gassed along with the rest of the ghetto.Although interestingly some of the more brutal members of the police are known to have survived the war.
15th Jul '17 1:43:54 PM nombretomado
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Adapted from the memoirs of Władysław Szpilman, the 2002 film ''The Pianist'' was directed by Creator/RomanPolanski and starred Creator/AdrienBrody and Creator/ThomasKretschmann. Both star and director won Oscars (with Brody being the youngest ever Best Actor winner at age 29), as did screenwriter Ronald Harwood. Basically, the film follows Szpilman's struggles in Nazi-occupied Poland as [[WorldWarII hell breaks loose around him]]. As his family is deported to the German Death camps, Szpilman himself must find it in him to survive.

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Adapted from the memoirs of Władysław Szpilman, the 2002 film ''The Pianist'' was directed by Creator/RomanPolanski and starred Creator/AdrienBrody and Creator/ThomasKretschmann. Both star and director won Oscars (with Brody being the youngest ever Best Actor winner at age 29), as did screenwriter Ronald Harwood. Basically, the film follows Szpilman's struggles in Nazi-occupied Poland as [[WorldWarII [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII hell breaks loose around him]]. As his family is deported to the German Death camps, Szpilman himself must find it in him to survive.
17th Apr '17 10:44:01 AM Golondrina
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* LesCollaborateurs: The Jewish ghetto police. Szpilman's brother scornfully refuses to join them; one saves Szpilman's life later. In RealLife they were eventually gassed along with the rest of the ghetto.



* LaResistance: The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. And then the later Warsaw Uprising of 1944.
* LesCollaborateurs: The Jewish ghetto police. Szpilman's brother scornfully refuses to join them; one saves Szpilman's life later. In RealLife they were eventually gassed along with the rest of the ghetto.


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* LaResistance: The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. And then the later Warsaw Uprising of 1944.
14th Nov '16 9:08:43 AM Pysiewicz
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* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: The entire point of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, which plays in the background in the middle of the film.



** The Nazis address Jews by the familiar you "du", [[HeyYou an insult in German when addressing strangers.]] (This is most notable in a couple of scenes where Nazis are picking Jews out of a line: "du!...du!...du!".) When the Good German, Capt. Hosenfeld, speaks to Szpilman he addresses him with the respectful formal "you", "Sie".

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** The Nazis address Jews by the familiar you - "du", [[HeyYou an insult in German when addressing strangers.]] (This is most notable in a couple of scenes where Nazis are picking Jews out of a line: "du!...du!...du!".) When the Good German, Capt. Hosenfeld, speaks to Szpilman he addresses him with the respectful formal "you", "Sie".



* CreatorCameo: That's Polanski complaining about a Gentile street running through the Jewish ghetto.

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* CrazyHomelessPeople: The old Jew in the ghetto, who is either a genuine case or just pretends to keep up the mood of children around him. He's amusing enough to get a free cigarette from the German soldiers.
* CreatorCameo: That's Polanski Polański complaining about a Gentile street running through the Jewish ghetto.



* ForegoneConclusion: Most of pivotal elements of the story, like German victory within a month, fate of Jews in the ghetto, both uprisings (and their fate) and of course the conclusion for both Szpilman and Hosenfeld are historical facts. That doesn't make the story any less dramatic.



** Let's not forget about the two bankers testing gold coins on marble table, ''while already being in the ghetto'' and acting as if it was business as always.



** Which might be a ShoutOut to a Polish film [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/At_Full_Gallop Cwał]], where a large piece of platinum was hidden this way.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Right when the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warsaw_Uprising Warsaw Uprising]] starts, unseen Polish fighter manages to shoot a long series out of a machine pistol, mowing down all German soldiers without hitting two nurses standing between them.



* MoodLighting: Many of the scenes (such as those in the ghetto and in Szpilman's apartment near the German hospital) are tinted blue.

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* MoodLighting: Many of the scenes (such as those in the ghetto and in Szpilman's apartment near the German hospital) are tinted blue. Final scenes of the war are desaturated instead, to invoke the cold temperature.



* 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 Polański 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.Polański.
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.
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