The Pianist

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Family of The Pianist Wins Suit Over Nazi Claims

Appeals court sides with Wladyslaw Szpilman's family

(Newser) - Allegations that composer Wladyslaw Szpilman, whose story inspired the 2002 film The Pianist, was a Nazi collaborator amount to defamation, a Polish appeals court has decided, according to the Guardian . Previously, a judge had ruled that a claim made in the biography of Polish-Jewish singer Wiera Gran that Szpilman had... More »

18 Huge Oscar Upsets

Get ready—it could happen again tonight

(Newser) - Quite a few people will be shocked if Argo doesn't win Best Picture at the Oscars tonight—but history has shown that it could happen. Celebuzz rounds up the 18 biggest Academy Awards upsets:
  • When Adrien Brody won Best Actor for The Pianist, he beat out four previous Oscar
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Book Claims Pianist Hero Was a 'Gestapo Man'

New book alleges that Wladyslaw Szpilman worked with Nazis

(Newser) - Wladyslaw Szpilman, the real-life Polish pianist whose memoir inspired Roman Polanski’s award-winning film The Pianist, actually collaborated with the Gestapo, according to a new book. Entitled Accused: Wiera Gran, the book quotes the private notes of Wiera Gran, a deceased Polish singer who once claimed that Szpilman “formed... More »

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