R | | Biography, Drama, Music
A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.
Notice how director of photography Pawel Edelman slowly drains the color out of all the scenes as the film progresses to signify the deterioration of the city and of Szpilman himself.
Wladyslaw Szpilman: Hello.
Dorota: Oh, I came specially to meet you. I love your playing.
Wladyslaw Szpilman: Who are you?
Dorota: My name is Dorota. I, I'm Jurek's sister... You're bleeding.
When Szpilman goes to his friend of last resort for help, it is deep winter, with snow. A bunch of fresh yellow roses are on the table. The next morning, the roses are apricot-colored.
Aside from the Universal and Focus Features credits, there are no opening credits. All credits, including the title, appear at the end of the film.
English, German, Russian
$105,284 (Belgium) (27 September 2002)
$32,572,577 (USA) (8 June 2003)
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