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The Pianist

Recommended Music Movie: The Pianist

The movie “The Pianist” is based on a true story of a classical concert pianist. It starts in Warsaw, Poland in September, 1939, at the break out of the Second World War, first presenting Wladyslaw (Wladek) Szpilman, who works as a pianist for the regional radio. At that time the Polish Army has actually been defeated in three weeks by the German Army and Szpilman’s radio station is bombed while he plays a piece by Frederic Chopin live on the air. While leaving the structure he finds a pal of his who presents him to his sister, Dorota. Szpilman is instantly drawn in to her.

Wladyslaw returns home to find his parents and his sibling and two siblings, loading to leave Poland. The family talks about the possibility of fleeing Poland effectively and they choose to stay. That night, they listen to the BBC and hear that Britain and France have declared war on Germany. The household celebrates, thinking the war will end quickly when the Allies are able to engage Germany.

Conditions for Jews in Warsaw quickly deteriorate. Wladek fulfills with Dorota, who accompanies him around Warsaw to discover of the oppression Jewish individuals have to deal with under the brand-new Nazi program. Once friendly to them now will not allow their patronage, companies that were. Wladek’s daddy is roughly prohibited to stroll on the sidewalk in the city by two German officers; when he starts to protest, among the officers strikes him in the face. The family soon needs to move to the Jewish ghetto developed by Nazi rule. The Holocaust is beginning, and the family, though well-to-do prior to the war, is lowered to subsistence level, although they are still better off than much of their fellow Jews in the overcrowded, starving, disease-ridden ghetto.

Wladyslaw takes a task playing piano at a dining establishment in the ghetto, turning down an offer from a family buddy to work for the Jewish Police, and the household makes it through, however living conditions in the ghetto continue to intensify and scores of Jews pass away every day from disease, starvation, and random acts of violence by German soldiers. One night the family sees the SS march into a house throughout the street and jail a family. The oldest guy is unable to stand when purchased because he is restricted to a wheelchair and the SS officers toss him over the terrace to his death. The other relative are gunned down in the street and run over by the SS truck if they survived.

By 1942, the aged father must get working documents through a friend of Wladek’s, so that he can take a task in a German clothier. Nevertheless, the day comes when the household is picked to be shipped to their deaths at the Treblinka concentration camp. Henryk and Halina are picked and taken away and the rest of the family is sent out to the Umschlagplatz to wait for transport. They are later reunited. As the household sits under the blazing sun with hundreds of other Jews awaiting the trains, the father utilizes the family’s last 20 zlotys to purchase a piece of candy from a boy (who apparently isn’t familiar with his own impending doom). Each household member eats a small morsel of candy, their last meal together.

As they are going to the trains, Wladyslaw is unexpectedly tugged from the lines by Itzak Heller, a Jewish guy working as an authorities guard. Wladyslaw views the rest of his family board the train, never ever to be seen once again. He conceals for a few days in the coffee shop he played piano in with his old boss there. He later mixes in with the 10 percent or so of the Jews that the Nazis kept alive in the ghetto to use for servant labor, tearing down the brick walls restoring and separating the ghetto house houses for brand-new, non-Jewish locals. He is used, under grueling, violent conditions, reconstructing a bombed-out structure. He believes he sees an old friend Janina Godlewska (a vocalist), however she passes quickly. He finds out that some of the Jews are preparing an uprising, and helps them by smuggling weapons into the ghetto. While carrying bricks, he drops a load of them, is viciously whipped by an SS officer and is offered a brand-new job supplying the workers with structure products. He also assists smuggle weapons in potato sacks– the weapons will be offered to the resistance fighters on the other side of the wall for the uprising. At one point, he is practically captured by a German officer, who thinks that Wladek is concealing something in a sack of beans. After this close call, he chooses he needs to leave and take his chances in the larger city. With the help of friend, Majorek (who was the good friend that got his daddy working papers a few years prior to), he leaves and discovers Janina and her hubby.

They take Wladyslaw to his caretaker Gebczynski (a guy with the Polish resistance), who hides him for one night. The next day Gebczynski takes him to an uninhabited apartment near the ghetto wall, where he can live forever on smuggled food; he should be quiet nevertheless, because numerous non-Jews likewise live in the structure and think the apartment is empty. There, Wladek watches part of the Jewish Ghetto Uprising of April-May 1943, for which he assisted smuggle the weapons, and watches weeks later on as the uprising is finally crushed and its individuals eliminated. Later, Gebczynski desires to move Wladek as the Nazis have found the weapons of the Polish resistance, forcing Gebczynski to be on the run. Gebczynski says it’s only a matter of time prior to the Nazis find the home Wladek is concealing in. Wladek chooses to sit tight, feeling safer where he is. His friend gives him an address to go to in case of an emergency, and leaves, seriously warning Wladek not to be captured alive by the Nazis. Wladyslaw remains in the apartment a few more months till he has an accident, breaking some dishes. The noise has blown his cover, and he needs to scurry out of the structure, being chased by an upset German female who presumes him of being Jewish.

Wladek goes to the emergency situation address he was offered, where he surprisingly satisfies Dorota, who is now wed, pregnant, and her bro dead. Dorota and her partner hide Wladek in another uninhabited apartment or condo, where there is a piano that his silence keeps him from playing, but his brand-new caretaker, Szalas, is really slack about smuggling in food, and Wladyslaw again faces starvation, and at one point nearly dies of jaundice. Dorota and her other half see him, finding him gravely ill. They report that Szalas had been collecting cash from generous and unwitting donors and had filched everything, leaving Wladek to pass away in isolation.

Wladek recuperates in time to see the bigger 1944 Warsaw Uprising, in which the Poles tried to retake control of their city. Soon the Germans start assaulting the building and he needs to leave. The Poles had actually anticipated the advancing Soviet Red Army to assist them, however the Russians did not come, rather permitting the Germans to put down the revolt, and drive the whole remaining population of Warsaw out of the city. Wladyslaw hides in the deserted healthcare facility that had actually been throughout the street from his second hideout. The Germans had already decided to burn Warsaw to ashes, so Wladyslaw gets away the hospital and jumps back over the wall into the ghetto, now a deserted, desolate wasteland of bricks and rubble.

He stays there, searching through burned-out buildings to find something to consume, and continues to hide, until one night a Nazi officer, Captain Wilm Hosenfeld, discovers him. To show to Hosenfeld that he is a pianist, he plays a somber and short performance of Chopin’s “Ballade in G Minor”, the very first time he has actually played given that he operated in the Jewish ghetto years before.

Hosenfeld, moved by Szpilman’s playing, helps him make it through, enabling him to continue concealing in the attic even after your home is established as the Captain’s headquarters. When the Russian army draws closer to Warsaw, hosenfeld eventually abandons the house with his staff. Hosenfeld offers Wladek a last parcel of food and his overcoat. He asks Wladek his surname, which sounds exactly like “spielmann”, the German word for pianist. Hosenfeld promises to listen for Wladek on the radio. Hosenfeld also tells him that he only requires to endure for a few more days; the Russian army will liberate Warsaw soon. Quickly afterward, Wladyslaw sees Polish partisans, and, conquered with delight, goes outdoors to fulfill his countrymen. Seeing his coat offered to him by Hosenfeld, they think he is a German and attempt to kill him, before he can persuade them he is Polish.

In the Spring, recently released Poles stroll past an improvised Russian prisoner of war camp, and Hosenfeld is amongst the detainees. The Poles hurl insults at the Germans through the fence, but when Hosenfeld hears that one of the Poles is a musician, he goes to the fence and informs him that he assisted Wladyslaw, and asks him to ask Wladyslaw to return the favor, prior to a Russian soldier throws him back down on the ground. The Polish artist does undoubtedly bring Wladyslaw back to the website to petition the Russians, however they have actually left without a trace by the time he gets there. Wladyslaw is not able to help Hosenfeld, but he goes back to playing piano for the radio station.

Closing title cards tell us that Hosenfeld died in a Soviet gulag in 1952. Wladyslaw lived to be an old guy, dying in Poland in 2000 at the age of 88. The cards are intercut with footage of Wladek triumphantly playing Chopin’s Grand Polonaise Brilliante in concert with a complete orchestra accompanying him.