Shooting for the film, with outstanding Polish cinematographer Pawel Edelman behind the camera, began in February 2001 in Germany and was completed on June 16th in Poland. The filmmakers worked in the streets of the capital, on the right bank of the Vistula river in the district of Praga, as well as within the grounds of the Academy of the General Staff in the town of Rembertow, at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, and at the studios located in the outlying districts of the city.
The screenplay of The Pianist, based on the memoirs of Wladyslaw Szpilman, was a collaborative effort by Ronald Harwood and Roman Polanski, American actor Adrien Brody, known for a range of past roles, including a feature role in Spike Lee’s Summer Of Sam, appears in the title role. Wojciech Kilar composed and arranged the music for the film and Allan Starski designed the production. Dialogues in the film are in English.
The true story of Wladyslaw Szpilman, who in the 1930s, was known as the most accomplished piano player in the whole of Poland, if not the whole of Europe. At the outbreak of the Second World War , however, Szpilman becomes subject to anti-Jewish laws imposed by the Germans.
By the start of the 1940s, Szpilman has seen his world go from piano concert halls to the Jewish Ghetto of Warsaw and then must suffer the tragedy of his family deported to a death camp, while Szpilman is conscripted into a forced German Labour Compound. At last deciding to escape, he goes into hiding as a Jewish refugee where he is witness to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943 and the Warsaw City Revolt in August 1944.
The film won three Oscars and was nominated for four. It will be screened at the Sarathi Studios at 1830 hrs on the 27th of March. Please contact Prakash Reddy of Hyderabad Film Club at 2373-0841, 93910-20243 for further details.