Awesome / The Pianist

  • Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jewish pianist, believes he has met his end when he encounters a German Captain Wilm Hosenfeld, but instead of killing him, Hosenfeld, upon discovering Szpilman is a pianist, asks him to play something on a nearby grand piano. Cue a beautiful playing of Chopin's Ballade in G minor in a desolate, war-torn, abandoned Warsaw. Hosenfeld is so impressed that he allows Szpilman to hide in the attic of that house, which is turned into a German command post, and secretly brings food to him, until the Germans evacuate the position from the liberating armies.
    Szpilman: *wearing Hosenfeld's coat* Don't shoot, don't shoot! I am Polish!
    Polish Soldier: Da, he is Polish. Why the fucking coat?
    Szpilman: I'm cold...
  • Real Life Hosenfeld was significantly more awesome - the film neglects to mention that he had made a habit of rescuing persecuted Poles, including Jews, long before he met Szpilman. For example, he sheltered a Jewish man who escaped from a train bound for Treblinka by giving him a false identity and hiring him as a teacher for Wehrmacht soldiers interested in learning Polish.
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