Movie Discussion Guide: The Pianist (2002) (FREE Download)
Władysław Szpilman is a well-known Jewish pianist in Warsaw, Poland, on the brink of World War II. The film opens as he is playing for the Warsaw radio station when the city gets bombed and Germany invades Poland. Because he and his family are Jewish, they feel the brunt of the brutality of the Third Reich.
Bit by bit, their freedoms are taken away. They are not allowed in coffee shops, in the park, nor even on park benches. Their gentile friends are shocked at these decrees, almost not believing them to be true. The Pianist is a compelling story of friendship, suffering, mercy, and the ability of a single person to save a life.
Recommended for upper high school and college.
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