The pianist Essay

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the pianist

‘The Pianist' is a film directed by Roman Polanski and based around the life of
Wladyslaw Szpilman during the Nazi invasion of Poland. Roman used visual techniques in the
opening scenes such as black and white film, camera positioning and motifs to create an
atmosphere for the audience.


The first scene in the film is a montage of grainy black and white scenes of Polish life
before the Nazi invasion on Poland. The footage shows a dated world with old English style
building and technology, people are shown walking about the town in aged clothing. The
grainy dated look of the film also makes the scenes appear gloomy but relaxed at the same
time. These images are used to drive the notion that it is set in a time long ago, in a
different era. This scene is a critical part in the film as it refines the time and
emotion, in which the film is set, so the audience can relate better to the characters and
what is happening to them.


Wladyslaw Szpilman is shown in almost every scene at the beginning of the film. This helps
us get a better understanding of Szpilman as we can see how he reacts to the situations he
gets placed in. When the Szpilman family got notices of rules they would react to the
situation and do what they could. Most of the time Wladyslaw was shown in the centre of
the scene and things would happen around him. This shows us that Wladyslaw was strong
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