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katie said on March 18th, 2005 at 9:15 pm :

Sounds like a good movie… maybe I’m just werid but I say it pee-AH-nist, its the Minnesotan way.


kines said on March 19th, 2005 at 1:33 pm :

I think the English-accented teacher at my school (especially the Irish, though they are great people) have skewed my way of speaking. I still say pee-AH-nist, but in the back of my mind I hear PEE-ah-nist, which is awfully peculiar… tsk tsk tsk. The English and the Irish. Always want to prove themselves different from the Americans…


olivia said on March 19th, 2005 at 5:50 pm :

is katie severine?
or is she that ms. k person? or was it ms b.?
i wanna watch the pianist but i am sooo scared of it being depressing like schindler’s list, so i never watch it.


*lorelai* said on March 19th, 2005 at 8:27 pm :

PEE-ah-nist, even though my brasilian background wants me to say pee-AH-nist (pianIsta, you know^^…not the same, but yeah)
I haven’t seen it yet and am dying to watch it =p…i have been ever since it came out lol. sad sad life of mine. miss you! bjinhusss


kines said on March 19th, 2005 at 11:10 pm :

Olivia, Katie is not Severine, nor is she ms. k or b person. She’s a Christian blogger I came across on BlogExplosion.. I like the way she write and the things she writes about in her blog. Plus she’s multi-talented! =P God certainly has blessed her

And while I haven’t seen Shindler’s List from beginning to end, I do believe The Pianist has a lighter, more optimistic “survival” tone that keeps you knowing that somehow or another people survive tragedies and horrors as such…

Mar 18, 2005 | The Pianist movie review

Movie review for The Pianist (2002)

Director: Roman Polanski
Starring: Adrien Brody, Julia Rayner, Ed Stoppard
Rated: R for violence and brief strong language
Runtime: 150 min

A truly poignant film the likes of which I have seen very few. It is clear that careful attention is made to preserving the memoirs of Wladyslaw Szpilman, who wrote them shortly after the war. It follows the strong desire to survive on the part of Szpilman, a successful pianist who has to suffer the loss of his family and life in the ghetto after the Nazis come into power. Whenever he has the chance, he finds solace in his one constant companion-music, and through it he comes across a chance to test his luck to the limits…

It is interesting to note that in the bonus DVD included in the package, one is revealed that the director, Roman Polanski himself had undergone a similar experience of suffering as a persecuted Polish Jew, except that he hadn’t been at the Warsaw ghetto, but the one in Krakow. Thus this movie had become as much a part of Szpilman’s tale as it was one of Polanski, and the raw and bluntness felt during the movie conveys this effectively. The movie was by every means perfect in its presentation, clean, crisp, clear. I admit the saved by being a pianist sounded impossible at best, but then again the fact that it was taken from a true memoir makes it all come back to reality. Moreover there is a real sense of trying to stray from the Hollywood fictionalisation, with relatively few historical inaccuracies and careful analysis of the Polish Documentary and Feature Film studio archives. A five out of five to see and buy, but a word of precaution: while it is a subtly “optimistic” movie, do not expect to come from it relieved or joyful in any manner.

Random fact of the day: I haven’t slept for 40 hours now but I will be doing so immediately.

Question: Do you say PEE-ah-nist or pee-AH-nist?

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