"The Pianist" Comparison Essay by Mwert

"The Pianist"
A comparison of the film, "The Pianist," directed by Roman Polanski to the memoir "Death of a City", written by Wladyslaw Szpilman.
# 95036 | 1,638 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on May 14, 2007 in English (Analysis) , English (Comparison) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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This paper discusses the film, "The Pianist," directed by Roman Polanski. The paper compares the plot of the film to the 1945 memoir "Death of a City", written by Polish musician Wladyslaw Szpilman. The paper describes Polanski's use the of strategies of model, sequence and interaction to successfully and accurately link the film to Szpilman's memoir.

Table of Contents:
Model Strategy
Actors Made To Resemble The Actual People
Places And Things Are Made To Resemble Actual Places And Things
The Staged Events Are Made To Resemble The Actual Historical Events
Sequence Strategy
Interaction Strategy
Polanski And Szpilman Both Spent Time In Polish Ghetto
Quote from Director Polanski

From the Paper:

"Director Polanski faithfully concentrated on the 1945 memoir Death of a City by Polish musician Szpilman to closely adapt it into a docudrama of the harrowing horrors of the Warsaw ghetto. The movie version of The Pianist is very similar due to the decisions made by the director and the strategies used to link one genre to the other. The plot of the film closely follows the chronological narrative of the memoir. The director's experiences during the Holocaust might have influenced the film. Although the memoir was originally banned in communist Poland, in 1998 Szpilman's son Andrzej republished his father's work in English as The Pianist. The film now has the same title as the memoir as this connection not only helps to bring the readers of the memoir in to view the film but also links the actual to the recreated. This paper will discuss the three strategies Polanski used to link the actual memoir to his re-created film: model, sequence and interaction."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "A Story of Survival." Prod. Roman Polanski. DVD. Universal Studios, 2003.
  • Biography Resource Center. Gale Group Databases. 3 Nov. 2004 <http://galenet.galegroup.com/>.
  • Desmond, John and Peter Hawkes. Adaptation: Studying Film and Literature. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2006.
  • "Polanski, Roman." Encyclopedia of World Biography Supplement. Vol. 23 ed. 2003.
  • ProQuest Research Library. ProQuest Information and Learning. 17 Oct. 2004 <http://proquest.umi.com/>.

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