I answer audience phone calls for Think, so I am perched in Master Control with the lovely Gini Mascorro, looking into a room where Krys Boyd conducts interviews. For one hour today, Gini and I stared at the back of Adrien Brody‘s head. Brody is in North Texas for the AFI Dallas International Film Festival. Though Gini and I are cynical and worldly sophisticates, we nonetheless became a little bit squealy-girly when he waved and smiled at us. You would too.
An audio clip from Brody’s Oscar-winning performance in The Pianist began the third segment of Think. The clip had no dialogue; it was the music of a piano being played by an emaciated Brody playing a Polish Jewish musician during World War II, struggling to escape the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto. When the clip began, the actor quietly played along with it, using the desk in front of him as a surrogate for the piano. He stopped only when the music stopped. It seemed like a brief and private reunion between the character Wladyslaw Szpilman and the actor who brought his story to the world. We were lucky to have witnessed it.
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