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Adrien Brody
Thomas Kretschmann
Daniel Caltagirone
Frank Finlay
Maureen Lipman
Roman Polanski
Ronald Harwood
Running Time
148 minutes

The Pianist
Polanski's Holocaust drama, informed by his own childhood growing up in Krakow

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As the Nazis lay the groundwork for the Final Solution, concert pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew, evades imprisonment in the Warsaw ghetto and begins a precarious existence on the increasingly war-ravaged streets of Poland.

Despite Polanski’s credentials, this is a slow-paced, monotonous experience devoid of dramatic tension and emotional contours.

Reviewed by Ian Freer

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