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The Pianist

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At night, my brother, his girlfriend, my father and me went to see The Pianist at the cinema. It tells the story of the pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman who lived and survived in Warsaw in the time of the Nazi occupation. It shows very impressively how the life of jews was first rendered difficult, how they then were completely marginalised and discriminated and finally killed. All of this happening too quickly to properly grasp what's going on.

I find it hard to summarise the things happening in the film, so I'll just say that it is probably the best film I've seen on this subject. It just shows what happened to Wladyslaw Szpilman without being over moral or judging - it doesn't need to be. And while it features something that can be considered a happy end in those circumstances and a good German, that end and that German aren't as blatantly good as they are, say, in Schindler's list.

A very good film - definitely a must see.

Seeing it also reminded me of Marcel Reich-Ranicki, a famous German literary critic, who recently published his memoirs in which he also reports on how he was treated and abused as a jew in the Warsaw ghetto.

[Buy at amazon .com, .uk, .de]

December 31, 2002, 4:39

Tagged as film, pianist, roman polanski.

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