The Pianist


2h 29m 2002

Brief Synopsis

An adaptation based on the autobiography of the acclaimed Polish composer, Wladyslaw Szpilman, who detailed his survival during World War II, and narrowly escaped a roundup that sent his family to a death camp. A composer and pianist, Szpilman played the last live music heard over Polish radio airwa

Film Details

Also Known As
Der Pianist, El pianista, Le pianiste, Pianist, Pianista, El, pianiste
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2002
Production Company
Das Werk; Eclair Group; Les Films Alain Sarde; Malde & Company; Runteam, Llc; Sparks Filmtechnik Gmbh; Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures Gmbh; StudioCanal; StudioCanal; Telewizja Polska S.A. (TVP)
Distribution Company
Focus Features; A-Film Distribution; Alfa Films; Amuse Soft Entertainment; Bac Films Distribution; Camera Film; CinTart; Cinema Mondo; Constantin Film Development, Inc.; Focus Features; Frenetic Films; Golden Village; Oro Film As; Panasia; PathT International; Rai Cinema; Tobis Film; Triangelfilm; United International Pictures; Universal Pictures Home Entertainment; Videocine; Warner Bros. Pictures International
Location
Warsaw, Poland; Berlin, Germany

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 29m

Synopsis

An adaptation based on the autobiography of the acclaimed Polish composer, Wladyslaw Szpilman, who detailed his survival during World War II, and narrowly escaped a roundup that sent his family to a death camp. A composer and pianist, Szpilman played the last live music heard over Polish radio airwaves before Nazi artillery hit. There, in Poland, Szpilman struggled to stay alive--even when cast away from those he loved. He spent the duration of the war hiding in the ruins of Warsaw and scavenging for food and shelter. Szpilman eventually reclaimed his artistic gifts, and confronted his fears--with aid from the unlikeliest of sources.

Cast

Adrien Brody

Wladyslaw Szpilman

Thomas Kretschmann

Captain Wilm Hosenfeld

Frank Finlay

The Father

Maureen Lipman

The Mother

Emilia Fox

Dorota

Ed Stoppard

Henryk

Julia Rayner

Regina

Jessica Kate Meyer

Halina

Ruth Platt

Janina

Michal Zebrowski

Jurek

Wanja Mues

Ss Officer Who Slaps The Father

Richard Ridings

Mr. Lipa

Nomi Sharron

Woman With The Feather

Anthony Milner

Man Waiting To Cross

Lucie Skeaping

Street Musician

Roddy Skeaping

Street Musician

Ben Harlan

Street Musician

Thomas Lawincky

Schutzpolizei

Joachim Paul Assböck

Schutzpolizei

Roy Smiles

Itzak Heller

Paul Bradley

Yehuda

Daniel Caltagirone

Majorek

Andrzej Blumenfeld

Benek

Darian Wawer

Child At The Wall

Zbigniew Zamachowski

Client With Change

Lejb Fogelman

Client With Change

Detlev Von Wangenheim

Ss Officer

Zofia Czerwinska

Woman With Soup

Udo Kroschwald

Schultz

Uwe Rathsam

Ss Officer Addressed By Woman

Joanna Brodzik

Woman Addressing Ss Officer

Katarzyna Bargielowska

Wailing Woman

Maja Ostaszewska

Woman With Child

John Bennett

Dr. Ehrlich

Cyril Shaps

Mr. Grun

Wojciech Smolarz

Boy With Sweets

Lech Mackiewicz

Fellow Worker

Frank Michael Kobe

Ss Officer Who Shoots Benek

Torsten Flach

Zig Zag

Peter Rappengluck

Ss Officer Making Speech

Ronan Vibert

Janina'S Husband

Krzysztof Pieczy+ski

Gebczynski

Katarzyna Figura

The Neighbor

Valentine Pelka

Dorota'S Husband

Andrew Tiernan

Szalas

Tom Strauss

Dr. Luczak

Cezary Kosinski

Lednicki

Janusz Olejniczac

Performer

Grzegorz Artman

Performer

Adam Bauman

Performer

Pawel Burczyk

Performer

Zbigniew Dziduch

Performer

Marian Dzi+dziel

Performer

Nina Franoszek

Performer

Jerzy Goralczyk

Performer

John Keogh

Performer

Jaroslaw Kopaczewski

Performer

Patrick Lanagan

Performer

Dymitr Lezczenko

Performer

Dorota Liliental

Performer

Rafa+ Mohr

Performer

Andrzej Pieczynski

Performer

Morgane Polnaski

Performer

Norbert Rakowski

Performer

Piotr Siejka

Performer

Weronika Szen

Performer

Andrzej Szenajch

Performer

Tomasz Tyndyk

Performer

Andrzej Walden

Performer

Zbigniew Walerys

Performer

Maciej Winkler

Performer

Tadeusz Wojtych

Performer

Andrzej Zielinski

Performer

Maurycy Zylber

Performer

Xawery Zylber

Performer

Jerzy Wolochowicz

Performer

Morgane Polanski

Performer

Crew

Nastuh Abootalebi

Digital Effects Compositor (Das Werk)

Nastuh Abootalebi

Digital Effects Artist

Malgosia Abramowska

Assistant (To Roman Polanski)

Maher Abu-mugheisib

Driver

Anna Adamaszek

Assistant Art Director

Janusz Adamiak

Wardrobe Assistant

Julie Adams

Dialect Coach

Nancy Allen

Assistant Music Editor

Wladyslaw Anczyc

Music ("Marsz Strzekcow")

Wladyslaw Anczyc

Lyrics ("Marsz Strzekcow")

Tobias Asam

Runner

Johann Sebastian Bach

Music ("Suite No. 1 Bmv 1007 For Solo Cello")

Vanessa Baker

Voice Casting

Sylvie Balloy

Production Accountant

Urszula Baraniak

Cashier

Thierry Barnay

Other

Piotr Bartoszkiewicz

Driver

Sylvette Baudrot

Script Supervisor

Andreas Beck

Assistant Compositor (Das Werk)

Roger Beck

Systems Adminstrator (Das Werk)

Nicolas Becker

Foley Artist

Jakub Bednarek

Loader

Ludwig Van Beethoven

Music ("Sonata No. 14 In C# Minor, Op. 27/2, Mondscheinsonate")

Tadeusz Belke

Driver

Markus Bendler

Other

Robert Benmussa

Producer

Odile Beraud

Production Assistant (Eclair Numerique)

Andrzej Besztak

Production Coordinator

Magdalena Biedrzycka

Assistant Costume Designer

Miroslaw Bielecki

Generator Operator

Elisabeth Blavat

Accountant

Jean-marie Blondel

Production Sound Mixer

Elena Blum

Assistant Compositor (Das Werk)

Antje Blumel

Production Assistant

Andrzej Bogdanski

Driver

Tadeusz Boniecki

Orchestra Contractor

Gannot Borowski

Electrician

Ronald Boullet

Digital Restoration (Eclair Numerique)

Katia Boutin

Dialogue Editor

Stephanie Boutinaud

Digital Restoration (Eclair Numerique)

Kerstin Braun

Props Assistant

Melanie Braux

Assistant Editor

Michel Briegel

Assistant Compositor (Das Werk)

Ewa Brodzka

Second Assistant Director

Marek Brodzki

Crowd Marshal

Claude Broutin

Assistant Sound Editor

John Brownjohn

German Dialogue

Peter Buchhardt

Electrician

Ian Burlingham

Project Consultant

Timothy Burrill

Executive Producer

Lionel Cassan

Assistant Editor

Marilena Cavola

Assistant Sound Editor

Aneta Cebula

Assistant Location Manager

Daniel Champagnon

Line Producer

Sonali Chatterjee

Hair Assistant

Sonali Chatterjee

Makeup Assistant

Arnaud Chelet

Digital Effects Artist (Eclair Numerique)

Alain Chene

Scanning Assistant (Eclair Numerique)

Pawel Chiczewski

Best Boy

Janusz Chlebowski

Stunts

Wieslawa Chojkowska

Set Decorator

Frederic Chopin

Music ("Ballad No. 1 In G Minor, Op. 23"), Music ("Nocturne In C# Minor - Posthumous Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22 - Allegro Molto")

Piotr Cichon

Stunts

Robert Cichon

Stunts

Arno Clerc

Digital Restoration (Eclair Numerique)

Fabrice Conesa Alcolea

Foley Recordist

Peter Connelly

Digital Effects Compositor (Das Werk)

Paul Conway

Supervising Adr Editor

Marek Cydorowicz

Clapper

Janusz B Czech

Location Manager

Jacek Czechowski

Assistant Set Decorator

Rosana D'andrea

Scanning Assistant (Eclair Numerique)

Bogdan Dabrowski

Camera Operator (2nd Unit)

Philipp Danner

Assistant Compositor (Das Werk)

Isabelle Dassonville

Assistant (To Roman Polanski)

Honorata Dawidowicz

Press Office

Herve De Luze

Editor

Olivier Debert

Digital Effects Artist (Eclair Numerique)

Malgorzata Dedek

Production Accountant

Wolfgang Dell

Gaffer (Magicmove/Magicon Miniature Fx Unit)

Jacek Dlugosz

Stunts

Assia Dnednia

Foley Artist

Mark Dollery

Scanning And Recording (Das Werk)

Brendan Donnison

Voice Casting

Yann Doray

Digital Effects Artist (Eclair Numerique)

Sonja Doring

Assistant Production Manager

Jim Dowdall

Stunt Coordinator

Bogdan Dulak

Set Carpenter

Krzysztof Dulak

Set Carpenter

Jon Duncan

Production Accountant

Michael Duwel

Head Of Art Department

Ireneusz Dybowski

Camera Grip

Jerzy Dziecio

Driver

Philipp Eckel

Image Data Wrangler (Das Werk)

Pawel Edelman

Director Of Photography

Pawel Edelman

Dp/Cinematographer

Dirk Eickhoff

Assistant Location Manager

Michael Eigert

Carpenter

Mitch Enzmann

Motion Operator Operator (Magicmove/Magicon Miniature Fx Unit)

Piotr Farynski

Sound Technician

Michael Fechner

Other

Roxane Fechner

Production Assistant (Eclair Numerique)

Nico Feindt

3-D Animator (Das Werk)

Sonny Christian Fels

Electrician

Guy Ferrandis

Still Photographer

Anja Fiedler

Runner

Raphael Fink

Electrician (Magicmove/Magicon Miniature Fx Unit)

Christian Fischer

Assistant Production Accountant

Thierry Flamand

Other

Sarah Flament

Production Assistant (Eclair Numerique)

Derek Flood

3-D Animator (Das Werk)

Valerie Flouquet

Digital Restoration (Eclair Numerique)

Jens Forkel

Trailer Captain

Jerome Fournier

Matte Painter (Eclair Numerique)

Celestia Fox

Casting

Ryszard Francman

Stunts

Wolfgang Franke

Crane Operator

Frank Frede

Runner

Eckart Friz

Props Buyer

Jozef Frymarski

Driver

Tadeusz Frymarski

Swing Gang

Alexander Gabrysch

Digital Effects Compositor (Das Werk)

Stefan Galleithner

Video Operator (Magicmove/Magicon Miniature Fx Unit)

Stefan Gieysztor

Stand-In

Volker Glaser

Camera Operator (2nd Unit)

Moritz Glasle

Digital Effects Compositor (Das Werk)

Melanie Goggelmann

Production Coordinator (Das Werk)

Martina Goldsmith

Assistant Casting Director

Diana Gollmer

Wardrobe Assistant

Miriam Gomez-casanova

Costume Aging

Manfred Grimm

Construction Coordinator

Sabine Groh

Dresser (For Mr. Brody)

Joachim Gruninger

Motion Control Supervisor (Magicmove/Magicon Miniature Fx Unit)

Joachim Gruninger

Miniature Supervisor (Magicmove/Magicon Miniature Fx Unit)

Zbigniew Gruz

Assistant Director

Jean-max Guerin

Hair Stylist

Zbigniew Gustowski

Focus Puller

Gene Gutowski

Co-Producer

Malgorzata Gwiazdecka

Assistant Costume Designer

Philip Hahn

Production Accountant (Das Werk)

Gerard Hardy

Sound Editor

James N Harrison

Adr Editor

Martin Hartmann

Carpenter

Ronald Harwood

Screenplay (Adaptation)

Leslie Haslam

Translight Photographer

Matthias Hein

Construction Dresser

Katja Heissig

Driver

Elzbieta Heleniak

Production Accountant

Ewa Helman

Wardrobe Assistant

Stefan Henrix

Adr Editor

Marcus Herzog

Music Supervisor (Chopin)

Marcus Herzog

Music Mixing (Chopin)

Marcus Herzog

Music Recording (Chopin)

Adrian Hochstrasser

Assistant Art Director

Brita Hofmann

Costume Aging

David Hofmann

3-D Technical Director (Das Werk)

Kersten Honicke

Stand-In

Anna-maria Hora

Camera Assistant (2nd Unit)

Walter Horger

Scanning And Recording (Das Werk)

Katja Horstmann

Assistant Production Coordinator

Peter Hoyer

Supervising Painter

Andreas Huber

Electrician

Axel Hubner

Driver

Dean Humphreys

Rerecording Mixer

Eugeniusz Jagiello

Driver

Jan Jagielski

Historical Consultant

Gracia Janowicz

Property Master

Philippe Jarland

Digital Effects Artist (Eclair Numerique)

Nicolas Javelle

Assistant Sound Editor

Franciszek Jedlecki

Driver

Jacek Jelen

Stunts

Alex Johnson

Assistant Casting Director

Michel Jonas

Programming & Software Development (Das Werk)

Fides Joppin

Wardrobe Assistant

Jacek Kadlubowski

Stunts

Patrick Kaethner

Camera Operator (2nd Unit)

Dirk Kaiser

Construction Dresser

Zsolt Kalber

Electrician

Nikolai Kanow

Electrician

Andreas Karbe

Carpenter

Adam Karczewski

Electrician

Stanislaw Karlikowski

Driver

Moritz Kathner

Camera Assistant (2nd Unit)

Christophe Keichinger

Scanning Assistant (Eclair Numerique)

Christoph Kettenring

Props Buyer

Holger Kettner

Runner

Arassou Kichenassamy

Scanning Assistant (Eclair Numerique)

Wojciech Kilar

Music

Oliver Kirchhoff

3-D Animator (Das Werk)

Daniel Klappenbach

Supervising Plasterer

Daniela Klewitz

Art Department Coordinator

Will Kley

Assistant Art Director

Sven Klingberg

Carpenter

Holger Klinke

Driver

Adam Kocemba

Wardrobe Assistant

Jan-martin Kohler

Construction Dresser

Madrian Kolodziejczyk

Swing Gang

Piotr Kolodziejczyk

Assistant Production Coordinator

Nils Konrad

Driver

Johannes Koop

Construction Dresser

Film Details

Also Known As
Der Pianist, El pianista, Le pianiste, Pianist, Pianista, El, pianiste
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2002
Production Company
Das Werk; Eclair Group; Les Films Alain Sarde; Malde & Company; Runteam, Llc; Sparks Filmtechnik Gmbh; Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures Gmbh; StudioCanal; StudioCanal; Telewizja Polska S.A. (TVP)
Distribution Company
Focus Features; A-Film Distribution; Alfa Films; Amuse Soft Entertainment; Bac Films Distribution; Camera Film; CinTart; Cinema Mondo; Constantin Film Development, Inc.; Focus Features; Frenetic Films; Golden Village; Oro Film As; Panasia; PathT International; Rai Cinema; Tobis Film; Triangelfilm; United International Pictures; Universal Pictures Home Entertainment; Videocine; Warner Bros. Pictures International
Location
Warsaw, Poland; Berlin, Germany

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 29m

Award Wins

Best Actor

2002
Adrien Brody

Best Actor

2003
Adrien Brody

Best Adapted Screenplay

2002

Best Adapted Screenplay

2003
Ronald Harwood

Best Director

2002
Roman Polanski

Best Director

2003
Roman Polanski

Award Nominations

Best Cinematography

2002

Best Costume Design

2002

Best Editing

2002

Best Picture

2002

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Nominated for the 2002 Best Director award by the Director's Guild of America (DGA).

Nominated for two 2002 awards by the Broadcast Film Critics Association including Best Picture and Best Director.

Winner of four 2002 awards from the National Society of Film Critics, including: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Adrien Brody) and Best Screenplay (Ronald Harwood).

Winner of seven 2002 Cesar awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Adrien Brody), Best Screenplay, Best Set, Best Cinematography, and Best Original Music.

Winner of the 2002 award for Best Picture by the San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

Winner of the Palme d'Or for Best Film at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.

Released in United States Winter December 27, 2002

Limited Release in United States January 7, 2003

Released in United States on Video May 27, 2003

Released in United States January 2003

Shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival January 9-20, 2003.

Focus Features acquired theatrical distribution rights to United States, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.

Filmmaker Roman Polanski, himself, escaped the Cracow ghetto, at the age of 7, through a hole in a barbed-wire fence. "The Pianist" marks the first time that Polanski has made a movie in Poland in 40 years.

Released in United States Winter December 27, 2002

Limited Release in United States January 7, 2003

Released in United States on Video May 27, 2003

Released in United States January 2003 (Shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival January 9-20, 2003.)

Nominated for the 2002 award for Best Actor (Adrian Brody) from the Screen Actor's Guild (SAG).