Le pianiste Soundtrack (

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Rating: 8.50/10 from 903000 votes
Tags: nazi occupied poland, person in a wheelchair falls from height
Alternate Names:
Title in Español:

El pianista

Title in Italiano:

Il pianista

Title in Português:

O Pianista


Filmmaker Roman Polanski, who as a boy growing up in Poland watched while the Nazis devastated his country during World War II, directed this downbeat drama based on the story of a privileged musician who spent five years struggling against the Nazi occupation of Warsaw.

Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrien Brody) is a gifted classical pianist born to a wealthy Jewish family in Poland. The Szpilmans have a large and comfortable flat in Warsaw which Wladyslaw shares with his mother and father (Maureen Lipman and Frank Finlay), his sisters Halina and Regina (Jessica Kate Meyer and Julia Rayner), and his brother, Henryk (Ed Stoppard).

While Wladyslaw and his family are aware of the looming presence of German forces and Hitler's designs on Poland, they're convinced that the Nazis are a menace which will pass, and that England and France will step forward to aid Poland in the event of a real crisis. Wladyslaw's naivete is shattered when a German bomb rips through a radio studio while he performs a recital for broadcast.

During the early stages of the Nazi occupation, as a respected artist, he still imagines himself above the danger, using his pull to obtain employment papers for his father and landing a supposedly safe job playing piano in a restaurant. But as the German grip tightens upon Poland, Wladyslaw and his family are selected for deportation to a Nazi concentration camp.

Refusing to face a certain death, Wladyslaw goes into hiding in a comfortable apartment provided by a friend. However, when his benefactor goes missing, Wladyslaw is left to fend for himself and he spends the next several years dashing from one abandoned home to another, desperate to avoid capture by German occupation troops.

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Le pianiste
Nocturne in C# Minor, Posthumous
Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22 - Allegro Molto
Ballad No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
Sonata No. 14 in C# Minor, Op. 27/2: 'Mondscheinsonate'
Suite No. 1 BWV 1007 for Solo Cello
Tantz, Tantz Yidelekh
Roddy Skeaping: Arrangement
Umowilem sie z nia na dziewiata
Marsz Strzelcow
Polish National Anthem
Roddy Skeaping: Performer

User reviews

Brian Perez

The soundtrack of Le Pianiste skillfully captures the historical context of the film, providing a rich and immersive backdrop for the narrative.

Margaret Jones

The piano compositions in the film convey a deep emotional resonance, enhancing the storytelling and immersing the audience in the protagonist's struggle for survival.

George Thomas

The use of classical piano pieces in the soundtrack enhances the authenticity of the protagonist's character as a gifted pianist, adding a layer of realism to the story.

Matthew Wilson

The use of classical music in the film creates a stark contrast with the brutality and chaos of war, highlighting the power of art to transcend even the darkest of times.

William Baker

The music in Le Pianiste effectively conveys the themes of resilience and perseverance in the face of unimaginable adversity.

Amanda Campbell

The soundtrack beautifully underscores the emotional journey of Wladyslaw Szpilman, adding an extra layer of depth to his character development.

Sarah Phillips

The haunting melodies in Le Pianiste perfectly capture the sense of loss and despair experienced by the characters in war-torn Warsaw.

Steven Carter

The soundtrack of The Pianist did not effectively capture the emotional depth and intensity of the harrowing experiences depicted in the film. The music felt disconnected from the raw emotions and struggles of the characters, failing to enhance the storytelling.

Steven Walker

The music in the film serves as a poignant reminder of the resilience of the human spirit in the face of unimaginable suffering, leaving a lasting impact on the viewer.

Mark Robinson

The somber tones of the soundtrack evoke a sense of hopelessness and isolation, reflecting the harsh reality of life under Nazi occupation.

John Young

The soundtrack of The Pianist effectively captures the emotional depth and despair of the film's harrowing narrative through haunting and poignant musical compositions.

Patricia Lewis

Overall, the soundtrack of The Pianist missed the opportunity to elevate the powerful narrative of survival and resilience during the Nazi occupation of Warsaw. It lacked a cohesive and emotionally resonant musical score that could have deepened the audience's connection to the characters and their struggles.

Jennifer Garcia

The music perfectly complements the scenes of struggle, resilience, and survival portrayed in the film, creating a powerful and immersive viewing experience for the audience.

David Hernandez

The choice of musical pieces in the soundtrack did not always align with the historical context and setting of the film. There were moments where the music felt out of place or inappropriate, diminishing the impact of key scenes and failing to create a cohesive atmosphere.

Brian Lopez

The subtle nuances in the musical score enhance the tension and drama of key scenes, creating a powerful cinematic experience for the audience.