Nada dura para siempre, tanto los momentos malos como los buenos son pasajeros, solo hay que adaptarse a las circunstancias cuando se amerita sobrellevar las cargas más pesadas. Fueron años difíciles, pero como todo, lo que comienza tiene su final y Władysław volvió a retomar su vida de antes, a tocar el piano, solo que esta vez lo haría sin su familia. No se puede borrar el pasado, pero si vivir el presente y construir nuestro futuro.
Greetings my Holos&Lotus people, following the invitation of my friend @janetyanez
to Encuentro de Bienestar #4: Cine Foro
I join this interesting dynamic in which we will share our impressions about the movie "The Pianist". I take this opportunity to invite the hivers @mcookies
I had heard about this movie, even, it was aired a few times on TV, but I never imagined that the war and the stages of the holocaust were the main theme of its plot. The name of the movie made me assume that it told the story of a musician who played the piano, something biographical, and maybe that was the reason why it didn't catch my attention. In order to participate in this film forum #4 I decided to watch it and what I found was impressive and unexpected.
From beginning to end I kept my attention, one scene after another caught my attention and it was obvious that I wanted to know how it would end. I was aware of the events that took place in Nazi Germany and the horrors that took place during the wartime commanded by its then leader, Adolf Hitler. Discrimination, racism, rejection of ideals, preferences and religion gave rise to one of the most abominable events in history, the Nazi Holocaust.
I must say that many scenes shocked me because of the barbarism committed by the Germans in their eagerness to fulfill the faithful objective entrusted to them by their Führer, to wipe out the Jewish people. The motive was none other than to condemn those who killed Christ, as a result of which women, men, old people and children paid for this crime that happened many, many years ago. Poland did not escape, Warsaw being the main setting where the story of Władysław Szpilman, a pianist who lived in the Polish capital with his family and who showed off his art on a radio station, unfolds. Music was the driving force of his life and this undoubtedly was decisive until the end of the film.
The Nazi invasion and the war gave an unexpected turn to the life of Poland and of course to Władysław Szpilman and his beloved family. Things in Poland became more and more complicated until Szpilman was left alone and thus had to struggle to survive. One of the best things you can appreciate in the film was the family togetherness in the house of the panist despite the different ways of thinking of each of the members. However, it was the separation of our protagonist from his family that saved his life. It was obvious that he was going to be transferred to a concentration camp from which he would never leave.
When Władysław found himself alone, on the run and hiding in one of the old buildings, I was struck by the fact that he started playing the piano despite being asked to be quiet so as not to be discovered. But then I noticed that his hands were only pretending to play the keys while his mind was recreating the melody, it was there that I understood how much he longed for music. Those moments became for him his refuge from so much misery and desolation. Definitely, music was always his inspiration, perhaps he imagined that he would play the piano again as he used to. Moreover, by showing the German captain Wilm Hosenfeld who he really was, he managed to move him and beyond denouncing him, he helped him. Undoubtedly, listening to Władysław play the piano changed the German captain's perspective, so much so, that he came to admire him and this was crucial in saving his life.
Discrimination has always seemed to me a cruel act, an absurd action. To me we are all equal and valuable beings despite our differences in many areas of our lives. The Germans considered Jews to be inferior beings who should not exist and for that reason they were mistreated, enslaved and exterminated. They were forced to do hard labor, humiliated and subjugated because they were considered an insignificant race. They could not have the same rights and were deprived of freedom, among many other things.
Ideals, religions, preferences and races should be respected, that is why I believe that discrimination should be abolished. No one has the right to make others less, we all have the right to exist and to live.
Undoubtedly, on this earth no one is left totally alone, there is always hope and there come to us people who cross our path to give us a helping hand in the most difficult moments of our life. Władysław was persecuted, went through hunger, misery and illness to the point of almost losing his sanity. These were very hard stages he lived through, but at the same time they constituted his springboard to be able to survive. Many values were decisive for this musician to return to delight his public with the delicate tunes of the piano, such as empathy for example. His non-Jewish friends helped him and also understood how he felt when he was discriminated against.
Love, kindness and solidarity were also manifested. Love for others, the kindness of friends and admirers of his music, who gave him shelter and food. Solidarity and kindness he found in the German captain Wilm Hosenfeld, who did not care about the uniform he was wearing and what it represented, nor about Władysław's religion. Likewise, empathy was manifested, thanks to her he thought of the cold the musician was suffering from and gave him his coat as a gift.
I can only say that this film leaves us with many lessons, among them, that pride, beyond being a cardinal sin, leaves us with nothing positive. We simply always need each other, no one can say that he or she got ahead alone in this life. Beyond beliefs, uniforms, ideals, religions and objectives, there are people who can help us and also bring us down. Sometimes we find support in whom we least expect them.
Perhaps Władysław could have passed for a coward as he hid and watched the barbarities being committed from the window of the ghettos. But it was the way he had to act in order to save his life, beyond his impetus of wanting to help the other Jews.
In spite of the difficulties, we are never alone, in our path we cross paths with very valuable people. There are always reasons to live, even in the worst scenarios that may come our way in life.
Nothing lasts forever, both good and bad moments are temporary, we only have to adapt to the circumstances when it is necessary to bear the heaviest burdens. They were difficult years, but like everything else, what begins has its end and Władysław returned to resume his former life, to play the piano, only this time he would do it without his family. You can't erase the past, but you can live in the present and build your future.