The Pianist & Taking Sides

The Pianist Taking Sides The screenplays for two new films that examine guilt innocence and survival under Nazi rule in Poland and GermanyAdapted from the acclaimed memoir and directed by Roman Polanski The Pianist charts

  • Title: The Pianist & Taking Sides
  • Author: Ronald Harwood Władysław Szpilman
  • ISBN: 9780571212811
  • Page: 214
  • Format: Paperback
  • The screenplays for two new films that examine guilt, innocence, and survival under Nazi rule in Poland and GermanyAdapted from the acclaimed memoir and directed by Roman Polanski, The Pianist charts the extraordinary but true story of Poland s most promising young pianist, Wladyslaw Szpilman, the only member of his family to survive the Nazi occupation Through a bizarreThe screenplays for two new films that examine guilt, innocence, and survival under Nazi rule in Poland and GermanyAdapted from the acclaimed memoir and directed by Roman Polanski, The Pianist charts the extraordinary but true story of Poland s most promising young pianist, Wladyslaw Szpilman, the only member of his family to survive the Nazi occupation Through a bizarre chain of events and helped by family, friends, strangers, and even enemies, Szpilman meets the Marxist underground press, is sheltered by the proprietor of the caf where he once performed, and, after the liberation, narrowly escapes death at the hands of his fellow survivors Taking Sides, which stars Harvey Keitel and Stellan Skarsg rd Breaking the Waves , depicts the post war investigation of famed German conductor Wilhelm Furtw ngler, who was suspected of having been a Nazi sympathizer Was Furtw ngler a criminal or a victim Did he heroically uphold the principle that art is above politics or did he cravenly use his status as a shield to hide behind At what point does neutrality become complicity and na vet and cowardice no excuse for not opposing evil Set in the American Zone of occupied Berlin in 1946, Taking Sides raises many questions, but ultimately the answers depend on which side you take.With these two screenplays, Ronald Harwood reveals the shocking depths and the heartbreaking heights to which the human character can adhere in extreme conditions.

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    1. I only read the "The Pianist" screenplay, not all that interested in the only one so I left it alone. This screenplay is written by Ronald Harwood which is based on Wladek Szpilman's book of the same name and with every page turn I wanted to read more and more and watch the Polanski film. I will be watching it right after this review.It's absolutely amazing, sad, painful, and real. I visioned every word and directed it myself in my head. It is an excellent screenplay, however it should have been [...]

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