The Holocaust: The Pianist
From this time until the concentration camp prisoners are released, Szpilman hides in various locations among the ruins of Warsaw.
More than once we hear him reassuring others that everything will turn out all right; this faith is based not on information or even optimism, but essentially on his belief that, for anyone who plays the piano as well as he does, it must. Polanski himself is a Holocaust survivor, saved at one point when his father pushed him through the barbed wire of a camp. He wandered Krakow and Warsaw, a frightened child, cared for by the kindness of strangers. His own survival (and that of his father) are in a sense as random as Szpilman's, which is perhaps why he was attracted to this story. Steven Spielberg tried to enlist him to direct "Schindler's List," but he refused, perhaps because Schindler's story involved a man who deliberately set out to frustrate the Holocaust, while from personal experience Polanski knew that fate and chance played an inexplicable role in most survivals.
Yet, a Polish singer Wiera Gran went on to claim that her life was threatened on a few occasions due to Szpilman teaming up with the Germans. Gran claimed that the flim did not show incidents when Szpilman was collaborating with the Gestapo in order to kill several other Jews across the Polish capital. Szpilman’s son has consistently denied those rumours, while several others who spent time with Szpilman during his efforts to survive from the German invasion and Holocaust also claimed that there was little truth in those rumours. Irrespective of the few issues that surround the Jewish celebrity, The Pianist provided an excellent glimpse into the life of an outstanding personality at the height of Holocaust. It still remains as one of the finest movies that show the horrors of Holocaust. This film is considered as a tribute to Szpilman’s survival.