THE PIANIST

05/10/2012

Mai 2002: Roman Polanski overwhelms the Cannes Film Festival with the true story of the Polish pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman, inspired from his memories written in 1946. Adrien Brody is fantastic as this brilliant musician who struggles to survive in the ghetto of Warsaw, ruined by the war. The film is presented the Palme d’Or by David Lynch, President of the Jury. It is also awarded with Oscars and Cesar for Best Actor and best Director, as well as the Best Film award at the BAFTA. 10 years after its release, THE PIANIST is available in Blu-ray in the STUDIOCANAL Collection.

THE PIANIST (2002)
Drama, directed by Roman Polanski
Starring Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay, Maureen Lipman

Wladyslaw Szpilman, Polish pianist virtuoso, manages to escape deportation but his entire family is brought to concentration camps. Alone, he tries to survive in the Warsaw ghetto despite a life regulated by sufferings, humiliations and struggles.

A German officer will help him and save his life.
Adrien Brody, very reserved, plays the pianist. He lost fifteen kilos in six weeks for the shooting and personally worked for months to play the music himself, music being the only thing this man has got left. This film, based on a true story, is also based on Roman Polanski’s memories. He was a child during World War II and grew up in the Cracow ghetto and saw his family be deported. He himself lived these terrible scenes where a woman is executed for having asked a simple question, or where this old man is beaten for not having walked in the gutter. Polanski wanted his film to be the exact reflection of these dreadful times, with no manichaeism. The ultimate scene is full of hope, despite the seriousness of the story.

TO BE OR NOT TO BE

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Director : Ernst...

LA GRANDE ILLUSION

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MULHOLLAND DRIVE

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LOVERS LIKE US (LE SAUVAGE) STARRING CATHERINE DENEUVE AND YVES MONTANT

10/11/2011

LOVERS LIKE US is a great adventure comedy by Jean-Paul Rappeneau. Released in 1975, the film has been restored in 2K this year by STUDIOCANAL and La Cinémathèque Française and backed by the Franco-American Cultural Fund in France.

Jean-Paul Rappenau and Pierre Lhomme, director of photography worked together on this restoration.
Catherine Deneuve is Nelly. The actress is absolutely...

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