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The Pianist is a biographical drama film about a Polish Jewish musician whose world changes once Warsaw is captured by Germany during World War II. The film follows the life of Wladyslaw Szpilman as his radio station is rocked by bombs and his family is round up and deported to an extermination camp. However, for some reason, Szpilman is saved by his friend in the Jewish Ghetto Police and becomes a slave laborer instead. The film continues to follow his life through the Polish revolt and his hiding through the violence. Directed by Roman Polanski. Starring Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Maureen Lipman, Emilia Fox, and Michael Zebrowski.

The Pianist received extremely positive reviews upon its release and was a box office hit. The movie went on to win three Oscar awards for Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Writing. It was also nominated for four other Oscars, including Best Picture. Continue reading for some quotes from The Pianist.


Wladyslaw Szpilman: You've got to give me something to do.
Yehuda: You're an artist, Wladek. You do enough.
Wladyslaw Szpilman: I want to help. I want to do something.
Yehuda: You're too well known, Wladek. And you know what? You musicians don't make good conspirators. You're too... too... musical!
[laughs]
Wladyslaw Szpilman: Its too small. There's 400,000 of us in Warsaw.
Henryk Szpilman: No, there's 360,000. So it will be easy.
Dorota: I'll get a doctor.
Dorota's Husband: You can't, it's too dangerous.
Dorota: I'll get Doctor Laczek, we can trust him.
Dorota's Husband: Dorota, don't be ridiculous, he's a pediatrician.
Dorota: He's still a doctor.
Wailing Woman: Why did I do it? Why did I do it? Why did I do it?
Halina: She's getting on my nerves. What did she do, for God's sake?
Father: She smothered her baby.
Wladyslaw Szpilman: It's a funny time to say this, but...
[trailing off]
Halina: What?
Wladyslaw Szpilman: I wish I knew you better.
Man Waiting to Cross: And the Germans claim to be intelligent! You know what I think, I think they are totally stupid. I have a family to feed. I spend half my time here, waiting for them to let us through. Why do they think I come here, to listen to the music?
Halina: Have you seen this?
Wladyslaw Szpilman: [impatient] What? What? I'm working. What? What is this?
Halina: It's where they're going to put us.
Wladyslaw Szpilman: What do you mean "put us"?
Father: What do you think? Should I, should I take Uncle Shiva's portrait?
Mother: Take it, don't take it, take what you like! [sigh] Mother: Can't you see I'm worried sick?
[Szpilman is discovered by the Polish army, wearing the German dress coat given him by Capt. Hosenfeld]
Wladyslaw Szpilman: No. Please. I'm Polish. I'm not a German.
Polish Soldier: Then why the fucking coat?
Wladyslaw Szpilman: I'm cold.
Dorota: I nagged Jurek for weeks and weeks, and at last he gave in and said, "Allright, come with me tomorrow." So I came and... they bombed the station!
Wladyslaw Szpilman: Meeting you like that was absolutely wonderful.
Dorota: Really?
Wladyslaw Szpilman: Yes. It was... it was unforgettable.
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