Shakespeare wrote magnificently in “The Merchant of Venice” these words:
If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that.
I believe that it sums up all that is good and bad in humanity.
I watched last night, for the 7th time, “the Pianist”, the story of pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman, character played by Adrien Brody (for which he won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role).
I watch it every time I`m upset, depressed or need to relax before or after something stressful. It makes you understand how little your problems are compared to others. I know I shouldn’t compare myself to others as we all are unique in one way another. But, as any other person, I cannot help myself.
For me, there are three very emotional scenes/parts in the movie:
- When his is hiding in an apartment with a piano and he isn’t allowed to play it (middle of movie). He imagines himself playing. -> This shows the tormented human who lies inside all of us. And it will eventually come out.
- When he jumps the wall back to the ghetto (in the last third of the movie), just to find the whole town in ruins and himself single.
- The piano scene with the German officer (in the last 10 minutes) -> the most emotional scene for me. After showing us the human depravity, we see the hope that lies in us. People tend to cling to a tread especially in the worst moments of their lives. It can be a song that you used to play, a movie that you like to watch or just concocting a better life for yourself in your head.
The moral fiber of humanity doesn`t (in my opinion). It is merely a concept that makes people feel better about themselves while they ignore everything around them.
The piano scene: