The Pianist 2002

thepianistDirector: Roman Polanski
Stars: Adrien Brody, Emilia Fox, Frank Finlay

Nearly a decade after turning down the chance to direct Schindler’s List, director Roman Polanski released his own Holocaust story. And while it wasn’t exactly an autobiography—the movie is about pianist Władysław Szpilman (played by Adrien Brody), who is forced to live in the Warsaw Ghetto during Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland—Polanski, who managed to escape from the Kraków Ghetto following the death of his mother as a child, inserted enough personal experience to make it feel that way.

Keeping with his reputation as a director who does not shy away from truth—regardless of how disturbing it may—The Pianist holds nothing back in its depiction of the Holocaust’s extreme atrocities. The camera doesn’t flinch when young children are beaten to death, innocent men and women are gunned down and executed in the streets, piles of dead bodies are set afire and a man in a wheelchair is hurled off a balcony, fatally crashing into the ground below. It’s not an easy watch, but it’s a powerful one.

Based on True Events

Strongly Recommended

 

The Affair of the Necklace 2001

The Affair of the Necklace

Title:
Affair of the Necklace  2001
Rate:
Era:
 Georgian  1781
Genre
 Historical Romantic Drama
Plot:
 In pre-Revolutionary France, a young aristocratic woman left penniless by the political unrest in the country, must avenge her family’s fall from grace by scheming to steal a priceless necklaceBased on a true story.

Director:
 Charles Shyer
Writer / Screenplay:
John Sweet
Major Cast:
Hilary Swank as Jeanne de Saint-Rémy de Valois
Jonathan Pryce as Cardinal Louis de Rohan
Christopher Walken as Count Cagliostro
Simon Baker as Rétaux de Villette
Adrien Brody as Nicholas de Lamotte
Joely Richardson as Marie Antoinette
Brian Cox as Baron de Breteuil/Narrator
Simon Shackleton as King Louis XVI
Hermione Gulliford as Nicole Leguay d’Oliva
Hayden Panettiere as Young Jeanne de Saint-Rémy de Valois
Film Locations:
 Alincourt, Ardennes, France
Barrandov Studios, Prague, Czech Republic
(studio)
Chateau Kacina, Czech Republic
Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Vaux-le-Vicomte, Seine-et-Marne, France
Compiègne, Oise, France
Dobrís, Czech Republic
Lednice, Czech Republic
Paris, France
Prague, Czech Republic
St. Barbara’s Cathedral, Kutná Hora, Stredoceský, Czech Republic
Valtice, Czech Republic
Versailles, Yvelines, FranceR
Links:
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