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The Pianist

Discussion in 'TV Show Forum' started by encaser, Feb 21, 2003.

  1. encaser

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    Mar 15, 2001
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    The Pianist is one of those films that has plenty of attention paid to its visual detail but fails in weight of intent for the story. Adrien Brody is excellant in his role but you never really get to know enough about him or his character to really gel. Although one could hardly fail to sympathise with what happened to the Jewish people at Nazi hands, the film is quite random in usage of the violence faced by the people to the extent that it's a little too detached. Similarly so is the case for Brody's character, the renowned pianist Szpilman, who like the majority of the Jews in this tend to turn away from helping each other and look out for themselves or rely on external help. Of note there is a scene where a woman is having food stolen from her and Szpilman just watches when he could've easily helped.
    The conclusion I drew is that Polanski chose to show how the people tended to withdraw from conflict as much as possible as getting invloved in any overt action could result in detainment by Jewish Polish Police acting for the Nazis and/or death by a trigger-happy Nazi. There is, however, the story of an underground but again it makes you realise that outside help - non-Jews - played a large role in the little aid the Jews did receive. This fact is drawn out by Szpilman's vocal brother who asks why they don't attempt an en mass rebellion or do something at least but it is clear that culture and oppression 'won' out.
    I in no way aim to blame the Jews for what happened and don't intend my critique of the film to sound so but the film felt like it leaned in that direction. The Jews in the main seemed stereotypically sheep-like, self-interested and full of fatality. Perhaps this is more an indictment against human nature in difficult times. The one thing that is clear is it is amazing how Szpilman survived and Polanski doesn't shy from showing and noting how a German Officer aided his survival.

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