After two decades of aborted projects and mediocre films, Roman Polanski returns to form with an adaptation of Polish composer and pianist
Wladyslaw Szpilman's autobiography, a powerful evocation of life in the
Warsaw ghetto during the Nazi occupation. Warsaw, 1939: Szpilman (Adrien
Brody, in a career-defining performance) is playing Chopin for a live Polish
radio broadcast when a blast from a German bomb shatters the studio windows.
The Luftwaffe is bombing the city, and an unforeseeable nightmare has begun for
Szpilman, his parents (Frank Finlay, Maureen Lipman), his two sisters
(Jessica Kate Meyer, Julia Rayner) and his brother (Ed Stoppard). It unfo...