The Pianist (2002) quotes

Director
Roman Polanski.

Cast
Adrien Brody.
Thomas Kretschmann.
Frank Finlay.

A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.

What are you reading?
Wladyslaw Szpilman
“If you prick us, do we not bleed? It you tickle us, we we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?”
Henryk Szpilman
[seeing that it is Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice] Very appropriate.
Wladyslaw Szpilman

No. Please. I’m Polish. I’m not a German.
Wladyslaw Szpilman
Then why the fucking coat?
Polish Soldier
I’m cold.
Wladyslaw Szpilman

I don’t know how to thank you.
Wladyslaw Szpilman
Thank God, not me. He wants us to survive. Well, that’s what we have to believe.
Captain Wilm Hosenfeld

They all want to be better Nazis than Hitler.
– Wladyslaw Szpilman

What is your name? So I can listen for you.
Captain Wilm Hosenfeld
My name is Szpilman.
Wladyslaw Szpilman
Spielmann? That is a good name, for a pianist.
Captain Wilm Hosenfeld

It’s a funny time to say this, but…
Wladyslaw Szpilman
What?
Halina
I wish I knew you better.
Wladyslaw Szpilman

[taking off his watch] Here, sell this. Food is more important than time.
– Wladyslaw Szpilman

I’m not going anywhere.
Wladyslaw Szpilman
Good. I’m not going anywhere either.
Halina
Don’t be ridiculous, we’ve got to keep together.
Mother
Look, look… If I’m going to die, I prefer to die in my own home. I’m staying put.
Wladyslaw Szpilman

So, you play the cello, Dorota. That’s nice. And who’s your favorite composer? Chopin? Really? Well, you’ll have to learn to play his cello sonata, won’t you? And what about you, Wladek? Well, perhaps I can accompany? Me on the piano, you on the cello?
Wladyslaw Szpilman
Mr. Szpilman, you are quite, quite wonderful.
Dorota
[kisses Dorota’s hand] Call me Wladek. Please.
Wladyslaw Szpilman

No-one play Chopin like you.
Dorota
I hope that’s a compliment.
Wladyslaw Szpilman

Why did I do it? Why did I do it? Why did I do it?
Wailing Woman
She’s getting on my nerves. What did she do, for God’s sake?
Halina
She smothered her baby.
Father