Piano (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Jane Campion Starring: Holly Hunter

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Product Overview


Studio Lions Gate
SKU 226159616
UPC 031398147619
UPC 14 00031398147619
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 9/17/2013
Rating Rating
Sales Rank 852
Essential Cinema
Love Triangle
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note This controversially erotic film from New Zealand established screenwriter-director Jane Campion as a universally recognized talent. Holly Hunter stars as Ada, a mute 19th-century woman sent to New Zealand in an arranged marriage with a patriarchal landowner (Sam Neill). She brings along her daughter, Flora (Anna Paquin), and tries to also bring her beloved piano, much to the consternation of her new husband, who abandons the piano on a beach. Artistically and emotionally frustrated, Ada finds herself experiencing an erotic awakening when Baines (Harvey Keitel), an illiterate settler covered with Maori tattoos, rescues her piano, buys it from her husband, then strikes a strange bargain with Ada that gradually leads to her sexual awakening--and to an explosive confrontation.^Jaw-droppingly beautfiul with its purple and green palette of untamed New Zealand scenery, THE PIANO is both a ravishing love story and a psychosexual fairy tale on a par with WUTHERING HEIGHTS and JANE EYRE. Featuring a haunting piano score by Michael Nyman and brilliant performances, THE PIANO is a masterpiece, considered one of the best films of the 1990s.
Plot Summary
Summary A mute woman who expresses herself through her piano arrives in 1800s New Zealand to be a lonely man's mail-order bride. When he leaves her piano on the beach, a local man offers to pay to have it taken to his home. In exchange for slight romantic advances, he sells the piano back to her key by key, leading to a crescendo of passion and jealousy between the men.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "The voice you hear is my mind's voice."--Ada (Holly Hunter) in voice-over
Quote "There is a silence where hath been no sound| There is a silence where no sound may be| In the cold grave, under the deep, deep sea."| --poem by Thomas Hood (1799-1845) recited in voice-over by Ada
Quote "The piano is mine. It's mine!"--note from Ada to Stewart (Sam Neill)
Quote "...there are things I'd like to do while you play."--Baines (Harvey Keitel) to Ada
Quote "To hell!"--Flora (Anna Paquin) to Stewart when he asks her where her mother's gone
Quote "I am quite the town freak. Which satisfies."--Ada in voice-over
New York Times "...A severely beautiful, mysterious movie that, as if by magic, liberates the romantic imagination....[The] principal performances are extraordinary..." 10/16/1993 p.13
Premiere "...An exquisitely romantic personal ode to creativity..." - Recommended 06/01/1994 p.120
Variety "...Carefully rendered....Stratharin puts in a very fine turn..." 05/10/1993
Film Comment "...Campion manages her story and symbols beautifully, and evokes harrowing performances from her four leads..." 07/01/1993 p.70-3
Chicago Sun-Times "...The performances are as original as the characters....It is one of those rare movies that is not just about a story, or some characters, but about a whole universe of feeling..." 11/19/1993 p.42
Sight and Sound "The lighting is crepuscular, the costumes heavy and the atmosphere brooding." 03/01/2006 p.90
Jane Campion
Holly Hunter
Cast & Crew
Anna Paquin - Star
Sam Neill - Star
Harvey Keitel - Star
Holly Hunter - Star
Michael Nyman - Composer
Jane Campion - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1993
UPC 00031398147619
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 120 minutes
Color Color
Name Holly Hunter
Award Category Best Actress
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1993
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Holly Hunter
Award Category Best Actress
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1993
Award Giver Cannes
Name Anna Paquin
Award Category Best Supporting Actress
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1993
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Jane Campion
Award Category Best Original Screenplay
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1993
Award Giver Academy Awards
Widescreen, English, Subtitled, Spanish, Dolby Digital (5.1), Digital Audio
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Video Format Blu-Ray
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