In 2012 the BFI (British Film Institute) published a list of what, in the experts opinion, are the greatest Movies of all time. They were generally bad.
Here is the comparable IMDB list…. (list generated on 9/7/2014)
Number 42: The Pianist
A harrowing and outstanding true story (based on) The Pianist tells the story of Wladyslaw Szpilman a Jewish Pianist caught in the heart of Nazi ethnic cleansing. Following Szpilman and his family as the world descends into madness it is an intrigueing view from inside of the Warsaw Ghettos and Jewish persecution.
The film is harrowing and compelling, all the more so as it is based very firmly on Szpilmans book which in itself is as true an account as you can get. Roman Polanskis direction is outstanding as always however unfortunately the model and effects work are not quite convincing and almost too ambitious to convince.
The movie is certainly outstanding but sadly not top 50 outstanding. Telling the fascinating story of one mans survival through the persecution of the Jews its almost obscene to say that it didn't quite hit for that very reason. One mans fight seeming rather petty and insignificant against such huge events. Reading that back that is as terrible a statement as it felt in my head but one I stick by.
That aside The Pianist is a fantastic film and misses my list by a whisker.
RATINGS (at the time of publishing)
The next stop on the list is Sunset Boulevard
Depending on local agreements you may be able to watch The Pianist via YouTube.