Source: Catholic News Service
Fact-based, dispassionate account of how composer and pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrien Brody), a Jewish Pole, escaped deportation to the concentration camps during World War II, hiding in various deserted apartments in Warsaw until discovered near war's end by a German soldier who spared his life because of his great talent. As directed by Roman Polanski, the inspiring story's impact is undercut by Brody's unemotional performance and restrained storytelling that weakens the dramatic tension. Intermittent violence and a few instances of rough language. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.
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