January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 48, so I decided to watch 49 (48+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month. I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me. Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that are spoiler free before reading on…
Hope you enjoy!
This is film #26 of the 49.
Let’s continue with…
“And the Germans claim to be intelligent! You know what I think, I think they are totally stupid. I have a family to feed. I spend half my time here, waiting for them to let us through. Why do they think I come here, to listen to the music?” – Man Waiting to Cross
Initial Viewing Memories – Saw this in a crowded theater not long after it came out and was amazed at how powerful the story could be.
Number of Times Seen – at least 4 times (5 Mar 2003 in the Theater, DVD, 8 Aug 2013, 1 Mar 2020 and 17 Jan 2022)
Brief Synopsis – A Polish Jewish pianist is trust into the eye of the storm during World War II and must do all he can to survive the persecution.
My Take on it – This is a movie that amazed me so much because few people (my self included) believed that someone could make such a powerful and moving Holocaust story after Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List (1993).
Roman Polanski was very deserving of his Oscar for Best Director because of the way that this whole film is put together in such a moving and poignant way.
Love the way that this film tells a main story yet shows so many snippets and portions of other stories along the way which tell an even greater story of the tragedies and atrocities that the German’s committed during the Holocaust.
The film’s message about survival and perseverance in very trying times is shown over and over and says so much about the human spirit especially when it is oppressed.
Adrian Brody is superb in the title role and this film showed how great an actor he can be.
He was quite deserving of his Oscar for Best Actor.
Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – During the shooting of the movie, while scouting locations in Krakow, Roman Polanski met a man who had helped Polanski’s family survive the war. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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