The Pianist is a cinematic work by the Polish director Roman Polanski and lead actor Adrien Brody. The movie was released in 2002 and immediately made a big splash and achieved many outstanding achievements. This movie about World War II has won 3 Academy Awards and a series of other prestigious awards.
The Pianist is based on the memoir of the same name by the Polish-French pianist Władysław Szpilman. The content tells about Szpilman’s journey to survive the painful World War II. Under the hands of Roman Polanski and his own practical experiences, the breath of war in The Pianist is reflected extremely honestly and emotionally. Plus, Adrien Brody’s superb performance as the artist Szpilman brings the whole drama to life, providing a pitiful perspective on war crimes.
In terms of content, The Pianist follows a single-line storyline from the perspective of the main character, pianist Szpilman. The film revolves around his own World War experiences, from suffering pain and loss to his hard days fleeing the war. Not heroic fighting spirit, not brilliant will to die, The Pianist on the contrary was merely an escape. An escape for the survival of an ordinary person, incapable of fighting the devastation of bombs and killing. Following in the footsteps of Szpilman through the full history of World War II, the obsession of war becomes frigidly genuine and intuitive.
However, The Pianist’s poetry comes from the eternal inspiration of humanity: music. Originally being a pianist, Szpilman had a particularly deep connection to music. Thanks to this, Roman Polanski had a great opportunity to connect and add a layer of deep and equally romantic hidden meaning to the movie. During more than 2 hours and 30 minutes of film, the music that seemed to be dead, resurfaced again full of skin and force. Behind these music is the boundless soul and love for the small and resilient Poland. As the most powerful anti-war message, the pervasive feeling in the keys between the keys, the spirit of patriotism and love of peace is embedded in each note.
This article is not going to delve deeply into the heartily realistic naked footage of Nazi Germany’s genocide against the Jews, but will go to music. Listen deeply to the melodies emanating from each fretboard, to find the boundless Polish poetry and love that lurks in it.
There is no need to be a follower of classical music to know the name Frédéric Chopin. A Polish genius composer known for his delicate and full of sobs. The musical soul of The Pianist is Chopin. Chopin’s music is the national pride of the Poles, a music heavy in love with the homeland.
At the beginning of the film, the black and white films about the capital Warsaw on the piano solo music have brought out a sense of skin. That is Chopin’s Nocturne No. 20 in C-Sharp Minor Op. Post).
Talking about the score, The 20th Night track was written by Chopin before leaving Poland. Chopin, with immeasurable patriotism, wrote a musical instrument that later became known as the Abroad Marathon, bringing in the sadness of a son who had to leave his homeland. Little did he know that his beloved country would go to war and he would never return to his homeland again. Covering the music is sadness and sorrow, becoming more and more sobbing, full of grief, and full of love.
In the movie The Pianist, the selection of Nocturne No. 20 as the opening music is like an affirmation of patriotism, also a forecast for the misery of the country suffered by the war. At the same time, the fact that Szpilman was so immersed in the tune that even when the bomb exploded did not want to let the music break is a beautiful testament to his love of music, as well as his fearless love for his homeland.
Contrary to that, when echoing at the end of the film, following unfinished notes from the beginning, No. 20 Song is like sobbing Spzilman’s pity. The scene where he was thrilled to complete the instrument in Warsaw radio itself not only showed the happiness of having peace, but also contained the bitterness of having to sacrifice so much to get to this day. War is behind, but what is taken cannot be taken back. The music sounded soft like peaceful love and sad and sad with nostalgia and unforgettable pain.
After the great piano solo at the beginning of the film, half the time after that, no more music appears. Over an hour of film focuses on portraying the terrible crimes of Nazi Germany against the Polish people and the Jewish people. Films of pain to mute or deaths exposed on every street cause an atmosphere of great pressure and stuffiness. All the while, Szpilman never played once, the music seemed to have been drowned by the war.
But in the most intense period of the film Artist of the Piano, music came back as a miraculous savior. This guitar scene has a very clear artistic meaning, along with a fresh expression that has become a highlight around the middle of the film. It is the scene where Szpilman plays the piano in the air.
In the context of hiding and running, Szpilman is not allowed to make any noise. So even when the Piano is in front of him, he can only imagine himself gliding lightly on the keys. The music he imagined was the opening of the Grande Polonaise brillante Op. 22, a work by Chopin written for the orchestra. The full version is also used as the credits for the credits at the end of the movie.
A song with a gentle and fresh sound. The notes were bright and soaring. The cheerful tune was also when Szpilman smiled with relief after a period of breathtaking escape.
This is a work in the Polonaise genre, the music is inspired by the Polonaise of Polish folk music. It can be said that the Polonaise is the most Polish work, the most profound and clear expression of the Polish soul. With Chopin, Polonaise also brings a nostalgia for her homeland.
Grande Polonaise brillante Op. 22 as reminiscent of the cheerful and upbeat melody of old Polish songs seeped in the blood. As a reminder to Szpilman that the Polish spirit still exists by his side.
How Szpilman wants to play Grande Polonaise brillante Op. 22 even in extremely impossible and dangerous circumstances is not only a beautiful image but also a hint of national pride. Despite being clamped down, music still lives on in people’s minds, along with the Polish spirit still exists even when it falls into great difficulties.
What was it then and the days on the run, what kept Szpilman from trying to hold on to life? Despite going through countless hardships, hardships and many times facing death, where can your motivation come from? Although the movie The Pianist does not really satisfy the viewer with a sufficiently heavy interpretation, it still shows that Szpilman’s strength comes from his desire to live, and the companionship of the music. Everywhere, his hands still silently draw notes in the air, seemingly to forget the extreme cold that must be experienced each day.
Perhaps the most expensive scene of The Pianist is the scene where Szpilman plays the guitar for the German officer in the abandoned house. Thanks to the appearance of the Ballade No. 1 in G minor (Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op.23), the scene was pushed to the climax without any lines, becoming an impressive and deepest scene in the movie.
In the original work of Szpilman’s memoir, the music he played for the German officer (Hosenfeld) was Chopin’s No. 20 Melody, which appeared at the beginning of the film. However, in The Pianist, Roman Polanski showed his own creativity when choosing Ballade No. 1 Sol instead. One change has proved to be true, given its drama and special meaning to a key scene.
One night in the abandoned mansion, before Szpilman was discovered, he heard the piano coming from below the house. It is almost confirmed that the main player is Hosenfeld, with Beethoven’s famous Moonlight sonata (Moonlight sonata). Only a few moments later, Chopin’s finest music is heard. One obvious counterpart to Beethoven is to represent German classical music and Chopin represents Poland.
The No. 1 Sol Ballade played in The Pianist is just a fragment of the original soundtrack that is more than 9 minutes long, but it is the most painful and dramatic. One began slowly and barbarously, then the pain continued to intensify, and then ended with raging pain, also fluttering of strong will.
Unlike the original memoir, playing a Melody in this case is very sensible and sensational, but playing the very first Ballade itself has even more special artistic intent. Polanski chose a piece that is climactic enough and strong enough to answer Beethoven’s lyrics. At the same time expressing the will not to submit to the pain and violence of war, a Polish spirit shining through bombs and genocide. Playing this track in front of a German officer, Roman Polanski’s Szpilman seemed prepared to die shortly after.
This probably really touched the German officer. Not only because of a great melody, but also because of the patriotism in a very specific way that is embedded in it. Germans or Poles are still the same in love for the country
Through a great deal of pain, heavily influenced by war crimes, but the country and people of Poland still do not lose their soul and love of music. To close with a line the Poles threw at the Nazis as soon as they met their defeat:
“You guys take everything I have.
I’am, a musician.
You guys took my violin, took my soul “