Temo di essere l'unico al mondo a non aver apprezzato Il Pianista. In alcuni momenti, nel raccontare le atrocità naziste, ho avuto l'impressione che stesse facendo la lista della spesa (e sì che il materiale drammatico non mancava, mi risulta). Poi non riesco a capire come si possa considerare bravo un attore come Adrien Brody, ma riconosco che questa è probabilmente una mia tara.
Boh. Mi ha lasciato a dir poco freddo; imparagonabile a Schindler's List.
Lo stesso Roman 'Mi Piace Lo Stupro' Polanski mi è sempre parso molto sopravvalutato: a parte Rosemary's Baby, fatico a trovare un altro suo film che possa essere considerato davvero memorabile (il che non vuol dire che facciano tutti schifo, anzi, ma da qui a considerarlo tra i più importanti registi viventi ce ne passa).
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Regista: Roman Polanski
Scrittore: Ira Levin, Roman Polanski
Genere: Drama, Horror
Valutazione: 7.9/10 (15078 voti) [#233 nella top250]
Durata: 136 min
- Mia Farrow .... Rosemary Woodhouse
- John Cassavetes .... Guy Woodhouse
- Ruth Gordon .... Minnie Castevet
- Sidney Blackmer .... Roman Castevet
- Maurice Evans .... Edward 'Hutch' Hutchins
- Ralph Bellamy .... Dr. Abraham Sapirstein
- Victoria Vetri .... Terry Gionoffrio (as Angela Dorian)
- Patsy Kelly .... Laura-Louise
- Elisha Cook Jr. .... Mr. Nicklas (as Elisha Cook)
- Emmaline Henry .... Elise Dunstan
Rosemary and her new husband, Guy, move into a new apartment in New York, befriending an elderly couple who live near by. But when another girl in the block commits suicide, Rosemary starts getting more attention than she desires, from all the wrong people. And now with her (late) friend's warnings about witches in mind, she has a new problem - the protection of her forthcoming child. But it may not be the child that needs protection.
Trivia random: Mia Farrow actually ate raw liver for a scene in the movie.
Nome di battesimo: Liebling, Roman
Data di nascita: 18 August 1933
Altezza: 5' 5" (1.65 m)
Coniuge: Emmanuelle Seigner::(30 August 1989 - present) 2 children, Sharon Tate::(20 January 1968 - 9 August 1969) (her death), Barbara Lass::(19 September 1959 - 1962) (divorced)
- Oliver Twist (2005) .... (producer) [produttore]
- The Pianist (2002) .... (producer) [produttore]
- Zemsta (2002) .... Papkin [attore]
- Hommage à Alfred Lepetit (2000) .... [attore]
- Castelnuovo (1999) .... (producer) [produttore]
- The Ninth Gate (1999) .... (producer) [produttore]
- Death and the Maiden (1994) .... [regista]
- Grosse fatigue (1994) .... Roman Polanski [attore]
- Una Pura formalità (1994) .... Inspector [attore]
- Back in the U.S.S.R. (1992) .... Kurilov [attore]
Roman Polanski's parents returned to Poland from France just two years before the World War II began: both were taken later to concentration camps (his mother eventually died there). Young Roman managed to escape the ghetto and was learning survival while wandering through the Polish countryside and living with the different Catholic families. Though local people usually ignored cinemas where mostly German films were shown, Polanski seemed not very much concerned about patriotism and frequently went to the movies. In 1945 he reunited with his father who sent him to technical school, but young Polanski seemed to have already made his choice.In the 50s he took up acting, appearing amongst the other films in Andrzej Wajda's Pokolenie (1955) before studying at the Lodz Film School. His early shorts such as Dwaj ludzie z szafa (1958), Gros et le maigre, Le (1961) and Ssaki (1962) showed his taste for black humor and interest in bizarre human relationships. His feature debut, Nóz w wodzie (1962), was the first Polish post-war film not associated with the war theme. Though being already a major Polish filmmaker Polanski yet chose to leave the country and headed to France. Being down-and-out in Paris, he befriended young scriptwriter, Gérard Brach, who eventually became his long-time collaborator. The next two films, Repulsion (1965) and Cul-de-sac (1966), made in England and co-written by Brach, won respectively Silver and Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festivals.In 1968 Polanski went to Hollywood, where he easily gained the reputation with the intelligent psychological thriller Rosemary's Baby (1968). However, after the brutal murder of his wife Sharon Tate by the infamous Manson gang in 1969, the director decided to return to Europe. In 1974 he again appeared in the USA with Chinatown (1974): that seemed to be the beginning of the promising Hollywood career. After his conviction for the statutory rape of a 13-year old girl, Polanski fled from America to avoid prison.After Tess (1979), which was awarded several Oscars and Cesars, his work became intermittent and rarely approached the level of his best films. The director also stretched his talents to include occasional work in theatre. He still likes to act in the films of other directors, sometimes with interesting results as it was in Pura formalità, Una (1994).
Trivia random: He has said that his life's biggest regret was not being present at the house on Cielo Drive, Beverly Hills the night his wife Sharon Tate and four others were brutally murdered.
Citazione random: "I never made a film which fully satisfied me."
Pianist, The (2002)
Regista: Roman Polanski
Scrittore: Wladyslaw Szpilman, Ronald Harwood
Genere: Biography, Drama, Music, War
Valutazione: 8.5/10 (39808 voti) [#42 nella top250]
Durata: 150 min
Paese: France, Germany, UK, Poland
Lingua: English, German, Russian
- Adrien Brody .... Wladyslaw Szpilman
- Thomas Kretschmann .... Captain Wilm Hosenfeld
- Frank Finlay .... Father
- Maureen Lipman .... Mother
- Emilia Fox .... Dorota
- Ed Stoppard .... Henryk
- Julia Rayner .... Regina
- Jessica Kate Meyer .... Halina
- Michal Zebrowski .... Jurek
- Wanja Mues .... SS Slapping Father
A brilliant pianist, a Polish Jew, witnesses the restrictions Nazis place on Jews in the Polish capital, from restricted access to the building of the Warsaw ghetto. As his family is rounded up to be shipped off to the Nazi labor camps, he escapes deportation and eludes capture by living in the ruins of Warsaw.
Trivia random: In order to connect with the feeling of loss required to play the role, Adrien Brody got rid of his apartment, sold his car, and didn't watch television.
Data di nascita: 14 April 1973
Altezza: 6' 1½" (1.87 m)
- Manolete (2006) .... Manuel Rodriguez Sanchez [attore]
- Untitled George Reeves Project (2006) .... Louis Simo [attore]
- The Jacket (2005) .... Jack Starks [attore]
- King Kong (2005) .... Jack Driscoll [attore]
- The Village (2004) .... Noah Percy [attore]
- The Singing Detective (2003) .... First Hood [attore]
- Dummy (2002) .... Steven [attore]
- The Pianist (2002) .... Wladyslaw Szpilman [attore]
- The Affair of the Necklace (2001) .... Count Nicolas De La Motte [attore]
- Love the Hard Way (2001) .... Jack [attore]
His mother is the Hungarian-born photojournalist Sylvia Plachy, and he attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and High School for the Performing Arts. Adrien grew up an only child in Woodhaven, Queens, where he accompanied his mother on assignments for the Village Voice. He credits her with making him feel comfortable in front of the camera.Despite a strong performance in The Thin Red Line, the film's time constraints forced the director to edit out much of Adrien's parts and despite his later work with Spike Lee and Barry Levinson, he never became the star many expected he would become...until Roman Polanski called on him to play a celebrated Jewish pianist in the Nazi-occupied Warsaw. He pulled off a brilliant performance in "The Pianist" drawing on the heritage (and rare dialect) of his Polish grandmother.
Trivia random: Shares a birthday with Sarah Michelle Gellar.
Citazione random: [On his role as the village idiot in 'The Village'] "It just felt like it was the unconventional choice. It was the kind of role that I would have taken prior to the Academy Awards. A lot of actors tend to wait for the perfect role. And that perfect role may never come. I don't want to start changing the way that I view things and become precious."
Schindler's List (1993)
Regista: Steven Spielberg
Scrittore: Thomas Keneally, Steven Zaillian
Genere: Biography, Drama, History, War
Valutazione: 8.8/10 (114239 voti) [#6 nella top250]
Durata: 195 min
Lingua: English, Hebrew, German, Polish
- Liam Neeson .... Oskar Schindler
- Ben Kingsley .... Itzhak Stern
- Ralph Fiennes .... Amon Goeth
- Caroline Goodall .... Emilie Schindler
- Jonathan Sagall .... Poldek Pfefferberg (as Jonathan Sagalle)
- Embeth Davidtz .... Helen Hirsch
- Malgoscha Gebel .... Victoria Klonowska
- Shmuel Levy .... Wilek Chilowicz (as Shmulik Levy)
- Mark Ivanir .... Marcel Goldberg
- Béatrice Macola .... Ingrid
The true story of Oscar Schindler, a German businessman who owns a factory. He witnesses the horrifying visions of the Holocaust and the toll it takes on the Jewish people. Eventually, he creates a list of over 1100 Jews whom he saves from death.
Trivia random: Tim Roth was considered for the role of Amon Goeth.