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The Pianist

3

An unflinching holocaust movie...

Roman Polanski's unflinching holocaust movie draws personal power from restraint.

In interview on this solid HD upgrade, the director says he was drawn to adapt concert pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman’s memoir by its “cold objectivity”; the detachment some critics accused Polanski of helped him tap childhood memories of Warsaw.

Isolated in the thick of hell, Adrien Brody’s Szpilman recalls many Polanski leads; his endurance by luck recalls Polanski’s own. No easy emotional shortcuts here, just devastating clarity.

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