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The Pianist is about the survival of a particular man when the luck of fate allowed him to escape from the horrors that surrounded the Nazi takeover of Warsaw in 1939.

Many thousands of Jews died, but he was lucky he had friends in high positions, and his status as a respected musician gave him connections outside the Jewish community.

This film shows just how far a man will go to survive. He was no fighter except for his own life.
Roman Polanski takes us on a personal tour of the beginning and eventual conclusion of World War II in Poland as a famous Polish pianist learns to endure the hostile takeover and slow deterioration of his beloved Warsaw.

A survival tale that is both touching and harrowing, and right on the mark.

This is a powerful, unusual look at the plight of Jews in Warsaw during the years when the Nazis occupied Poland.

The movie follows a musician on the streets of Warsaw, where life and death were as uncertain as they were in concentration camps.

The picture is built of shockingly casual details of brutality, desperation, and kindness.

The director takes us into the mind of a man who is struggling minute-by-minute for survival, and the result is a terrifying you-are-there experience.

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