About

The true story of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman's experiences in Warsaw during the Nazi occupation. When the Jews of the city find themselves forced into a ghetto, Szpilman finds work playing in a café; and when his family is deported in 1942, he stays behind, works for a while as a laborer, and eventually goes into hiding in the ruins of the war-torn city.

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10k
Directed by

Roman Polański

Written by

Ronald Harwood (Screenplay)
Wladyslaw Szpilman (Novel)

Runtime

150 minutes

Country

United Kingdom, Germany, France, Poland

Language

English

Tagline

Music was his passion. Survival was his masterpiece.

Cast

Keywords

biography world war ii nazi concert resistance hunger survival prisoner of war holocaust ghetto warsaw ghetto poland deportation liberation based on memoir or autobiography homeland jew persecution hiding place polish resistance pianist

Photos

Lists

#39 on IMDb top 250 IMDb

#108 on The 21st Century Most Acclaimed Films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?

#90 on The 21st Century’s 100 greatest films BBC

Awards

Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role Adrien Brody

Oscar for Best Director Roman Polański

Oscar for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay Ronald Harwood

Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design Anna B. Sheppard