I didn't get a
chance to see The Pianist in the theaters, but I bought the DVD and
after watching it, this movie is highly recommended.
Things that I quickly
noticed--the repetition of the woman with the feathered hat asking
about her husband. The first time, he was with his brother.
The second time, he was alone. This is a great way to divide the two
main halves of the film: Brody with his family, and Brody without
Another detail I like very
much involves the latter scenes when Brody is hiding among the ruins, is
shivering from the cold, and is looking for something to eat. He
finds a can that he tries to open. This can he places on the piano
as he plays while the German officer watches and listens to Brody
The juxtaposition of the can
(nourishment) with the piano playing (also nourishment) is a wonderful use
of prop to reinforce an idea--of how "life" to Brody includes
his art. This art affects the "good" side of the German
officer and adds another level to the movie--That through art, despite our
differences, we can find some connection.
Also, there are great
interviews of Roman Polanski and how his memory of his own experience were
included in the film.
And if you are interested in
acting, Brody reveals what he did to prepare for the role.
You will also see Wladyslaw
Szpilman, the pianist and author, from which the movie is based.
Buy or rent.
It's worth the money you spend.