The Piano (Widescreen/Full Screen) [Import]
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Jane Campion's The Piano struck a deep chord (if you'll excuse the expression) with audiences in 1993, who were mesmerized by the film's rich, dreamlike imagery. It is the story of a Scottish woman named Ada (Holly Hunter), who has been mute since age 6 because she simply chose not to speak. Ada travels with her daughter Flora (Anna Paquin) and her beloved piano to a remote spot on the coast of New Zealand for an arranged marriage to a farmer (Sam Neill). She gives piano lessons to a gruff neighbor (Harvey Keitel) who has Maori tattoos on his face, and, well, things develop from there. The picture takes on a powerful dream logic that simply defies synopsis. It's a breathtakingly beautiful and original achievement from Campion, a unique stylist. The Piano won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and Oscars for Hunt, Paquin, and Campion's screenplay. --Jim Emerson
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In The Piano, the woman doesn't speak at all and both men are stoic sorts who have lived in a hard land. A lot happens under the surface where we can only guess at it. In mainstream films, the emphasis for the man is rushing in and grabbing the woman of his dreams with all possible speed.
But here, just once, the quiet, patient, and tender man emerges with the lady. And what's more, when we first see him, we fail to see through his hard exterior. Even the viewer comes to know this man's virtue only over time.
I found this to be an incredibly beautiful story and as if that alone wasn't good enough, I also greatly enjoyed the cinematography and the music. This is one of those films that I find guilty of being incredibly good on all counts.
And a final note about male nudity: Yes it is in this film. Both male and female are seen completely nude. And there's nothing wrong with the male part. We men have beautiful bodies too. Art of the past has had no compunctions about showing nude males and correctly so. I'm not sure I can understand this modern prudery.
This movie must not be watched in the ordinary way one would watch any other movie. If you're just going to watch it in a literal way, this isn't the movie for you. The Piano is a wonderous combination of music, scenery and symbolism. It's like a dream sequence. The movie feels almost enchanted. The filming of 2 major scenes of violence is exquisite. I didn't notice the violence itself so much as I felt the pain of the characters.
I highly recommend this film...no matter how many times I watch it, it never fails to move me.
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Fast shipping! Didn't open the actual case yet as it is a gift but looks good :) thank you! AAA+++Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
My copy froze about an hour into the film, but because it had a DVD copy I just switched discs. Perhaps that's why they give you a second copy. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Big Mike 68
For those looking for straight romance --- this is not your movie. For those looking for a study of romance: how it can twist people's souls towards good and evil as they seek love... Read morePublished 23 months ago by H Calder
Incredibly beautiful story. Anna Paquin was outstanding. She is a genius as a little child with incredible responsibility and curiosity. One of my favorite all time films.Published on Oct. 28 2013 by Granny sparkle
This is a very sensual movie... He makes love to her... in every gesture..He knows how to touch her heartPublished on Aug. 25 2013 by estelle cazelais
I initially bought this movie because of all the awards it received. I was not disappointed! The acting was superb -the scenery was beautiful-and the story showed that love will... Read morePublished on July 3 2013 by Brenda Vogler
Eversince I've saw this movie almost seventeen years ago...I new it would be in my top ten favorite movies of all time! This movie is so very well written by Jane Chapion! Read morePublished on June 24 2012 by marie-georgie
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