About

The true story of pianist Władysław 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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Directed by

Roman Polanski

Written by

Ronald Harwood (Screenplay)
Władysław 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 (shoah) ghetto warsaw ghetto poland deportation liberation based on memoir or autobiography homeland jew persecution polish resistance pianist

Photos

Lists

#35 on IMDb top 250 IMDb

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

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

Awards

Oscar for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay Ronald Harwood

Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role Adrien Brody

Oscar for Best Director Roman Polanski

Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design Anna B. Sheppard