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Reviews: The Pianist and Defiance

27 January is Holocaust Memorial Day. Colin Revolting reviews two films set during WW2 that chronicle Jewish resistance

Defiance (2009)

When the Nazis invade Belarus, three Jewish brothers escape into the woods and vow to resist.  247 more words


Movie of the week #4

The Pianist (2002)

Directed by Roman Polanski

Written by Ronald Harwood, Based on the novel by Wladyslaw Spzilman

Starring: Adrien Brody, Emilia Fox, Maureen Lipman, Michal Zebrowki, Frank Finlay &  Jessica Kate Meyer… 82 more words


The Pianist (2002)

Film reviews are subjective. I tend to rate films not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. 206 more words

Arts And Entertainment

Book Review: The Pianist

This is going to be a short one… Wow.

Wladyslaw Szpilman was a well-known Polish pianist and composer, who performed frequently on Polish radio. He was also a Jew, and after the German invasion of Poland in 1939, he became one of the millions of people subjected to Hitler’s anti-semitic laws. 335 more words


The Pianist @ The Southbank Centre (London International Mime Festival) Review

As part of the London International Mime Festival, Thomas Monckton performs his clown and circus solo piece The Pianist. Every show in this annual festival tends to provide fresh perspectives of what theatre can be and for that same reason is worth taking a look to at least one of the many interesting things being created across the world. 448 more words


Should bad men be supported for great art?

This week I was posed with this moral dilemma by my teacher: should bad men be supported for their great art? In reference to this question, I will talk about Bryan Singer, Bill Cosby, Woody Allen, and Roman Polanski. 576 more words


Adrien Brody: "The beauty about being an actor is to explore things that are unusual"

Adrian Brody rose to fame when portraying celebrated Polish-born and Jewish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman in Nazi-occupied Warshaw in Roman Polanski’s “The Pianist” (2002). Beginning in 1939 (based on Wladyslaw Szpilman’s own memoirs, published in 1946), he had to attempt trying to survive the destruction of the city’s ghetto and the Holocaust during World War II. 3,634 more words