Director: Roman Polanski
Genre: Art/Foreign and Drama
Cast: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Maureen Lipman, Ed Stoppard
Box Office:Over $32 million total gross
Trivia: Adrien Brody lost 14 kilograms for the role of Wladyslaw Szpilman by eating a daily diet of two boiled eggs and green tea for breakfast, a little chicken for lunch, and a small piece of fish or chicken with steamed vegetables for dinner, over a six week period. Initially his weight was 73 kilograms.
Wladyslaw Szpilman: I know this is an awkward time to say this, but I wish I knew you better.
Wladyslaw Szpilman: [taking off his watch] Here, sell this. Food is more important than time.
Wladyslaw Szpilman: They all want to be better Nazis than Hitler.
Wladyslaw Szpilman: It’s an official decree, no Jews allowed in the parks.
Dorota: What, are you joking?
Wladyslaw Szpilman: No, I’m not. I would suggest we sit down on a bench, but that’s also an official decree, no Jews allowed on benches.
Dorota: This is absurd.
Wladyslaw Szpilman: So, we should just stand here and talk, I don’t think we’re not allowed to do that.
Just when you thought you were sick of the whole Holocaust-film genre, along comes another one. But The Pianist is not just another Holocaust film, mainly because it’s created by a director/writer who knows the Holocaust. Director-writer Roman Polanski, who lived through the Holocaust, uses the camera to cause some of the most painful scenes of the year. At one point, we watch Nazi soldiers break into a Jewish home and throw a handicapped man off the second-floor balcony.