The Pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman Review
In the movie The Pianist, Adrian Brody plays a polish Jew named Wladyslaw Szpilman. The date is set during the 1940’s, in time of World War Two and the beginning of the Holocaust. It is then, when Jews are forced to live in ghettos after the invasion of the Germans. All families, no matter rich or poor, are put to live together where food is hard to find and death awaits them all. Wladislaw is a well-respected pianist with a perfect family, which he greatly cares for and appreciates. He enjoys what he does for a living, and when he does it, the music he plays is peaceful and relaxing. As he enters the ghetto however, he begins to witness thing no human could imagine. His purpose in life is no longer the same. His objective now, is to stay alive and wish the best for his family. People are now dieing in front of him everyday. Some starve to death, others kill themselves, and if not, they are shot for the smallest things by the German soldiers. Jews are no longer treated like humans. They are animals, locked in a cage and laughed at from outside. In the end, all are rounded up for deportation to concentration camps where in groups; they are shot, burned or gassed to death. Luckily, Wladislaw is pulled away from the deportation line by a friend of his who serves are the police escorting them. The man saves his life and Wladislaw is now back in the ghetto. The ghetto however is now empty. The only human besides the hundredths of dead bodies lying on the streets is he. After a few more years, the war is over, and Wladislaw is a free man. Free only on the outside however, for inside, there is nothing left of him. He is now alone, his family and friends dead. He sees no trust or respect in people anymore. The world he knew has now changed completely in such a short amount of time. When he begins to play a song he used to play with such joy and excitement before, is now overcome by sadness and anger. The way he plays the piano however, will not change what happened, but what happened changed him forever.