Roman Polanski's hauntingly realistic film The Pianist tells the true story of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a pianist for Polish Radio who survived the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II through incredible luck

Roman Polanski's hauntingly realistic film The Pianist tells the true story of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a pianist for Polish Radio who survived the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II through incredible luck, personal strength, and the bravery of people who helped hide him—including a German army officer. Opening Dec. 27 in New York and Los Angeles and in January 2003 elsewhere, The Pianist stars Adrien Brody as Szpilman; the soundtrack features contemporary Polish pianist Janusz Olejniczak, a strong, authentic interpreter of Szpilman's specialty, Chopin. As a bonus, the disc features a 1948 Szpilman performance of a Chopin mazurka. A Hip-O/Universal album of Szpilman's own songs is also just out, as is an historical collection of his piano performances via Sony in Europe and BCI Eclipse in the U.S.—BB

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