Brilliant true story of a Polish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman recounting his horrors of the World War II. Szpilman played by Adrien Brody is a Polish Jew and an accomplished pianist in Poland. He and his family being Jews are targeted by the Germans and forced to move into a ghetto for all Polish Jews. They abandon their spacious home including a grand piano which Szpilman sells for 2000 zlotys. Then they are forced to move again and the family get separated and then united again and separated when all the Jews are put into a goods train and sent to Treblinka – this was the gas chamber, though it was not shown in the movie. None of the people in that goods train survived. Szpilman joins a labour gang and meanwhile comes to know of a Jewish resistance being planned. He flees the labour camp and moves from one safe house to another with the help of fellow musicians, till he gets into an abandoned building with no food and water. There he had almost given up hope when a German officer espies him but does not arrest him. Brody has done a super job as the victimised pianist for which he won the Oscars in 2002. Roman Polanski has done a super job and some of the brutality scenes of the Germans are really scary. Roman Polanski himself has been a war survivor having lost his mother and escaped from the Krakow ghetto to hide until the war was over.
Its that period of history which everybody would like to forget, yet it is there for all to see, the atrocities of war, the sufferings of human beings, the killings, brutality, mass extermination, starving, gas chamber, experimentation et al.
Wladislaw Szpilman lived through the horrors of the war and lived to tell his tale. He died in 2000 at the age of 88.