THE PIANIST (2002) Roman Polanski, who as a child survived the Krakow ghetto, directed this Cannes Palme d'Or winner based on the 1946 memoir of Polish-Jewish pianist Wladyslaw… 2002-12-27 R PT148M Drama Adrien Brody Frank Finlay Thomas Kretschmann Maureen Lipman Ed Stoppard Focus Features
Movie Review

THE PIANIST (2002)

MPAA Rating: R
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Limited Release: Dec 27, 2002; Rated: R; Length: 148 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Adrien Brody; Distributor: Focus Features; More

Roman Polanski, who as a child survived the Krakow ghetto, directed this Cannes Palme d'Or winner based on the 1946 memoir of Polish-Jewish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman. The result is a film of riveting power and sadness, revolving around the modulated intensity of Adrien Brody in the title role. Calmly and passionately addressing his past for the first time, Polanski creates a huge, straightforward picture built of countless small, shockingly casual details of brutality, desperation, and kindness.

Originally posted Jan 17, 2003 Published in issue #691 Jan 17, 2003 Order article reprints