The Pianist

Rated NR

To prepare for the role of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman, actor Adrien Brody lost 35 pounds and spent four hours a day for six weeks learning how to play classical music on the piano. But that all pales in comparison to the true horror the Polish musician endured while evading execution-style killings, avoiding fire bombs, hiding under wood floors, stepping over corpses in the streets and scavenging for scraps of food for years as the Nazis destroyed his family, friends and freedom in the Warsaw ghetto during World War II. This arduous fight for survival is an attention grabber in itself, but Brody’s chilling tranquility and relentless will plus director Roman Polanski’s stellar skill capturing both the humanity and inhumanity of the situation will grab your heart and mind.

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