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The Pianist

The Pianist - original screenplay by Ronald Harwood, Sopot, Poland. Film by Roman Polański (2002)

The shooting script by Ronald Harwood, Sopot, Poland.

A Polish-Jewish musician struggles to survive the II World War in Warsaw. The screenplay is based on an autobiographical book "The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945" by Władysław Szpilman. Roman Polański shooted this film in Poland (mostly in Warsaw) and in Germany. A wonderful story how music and passion can help to survive in horrible times. And a sad picture of the Polish capital after the Nazi-German occupation.


The Painist - shooting script written by Ronald Harwood, exhibited in Sopot, Poland
Szpilman was a radio station pianist and composer before the war. Forced into the ghetto, he managed to survive its destruction and find a save place among the ruins of Warsaw.  A ghetto survivor is also Roman Polański himself. Being a child he has been saved by a rural family close to Cracow in the south of Poland. Both Szpilman and Polański managed to survive the Holocaust.

The Pianist (2002)

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