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Piano Tuner of Earthquakes

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The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes is the breathtakingly beautiful and long-awaited second feature from the Quay Brothers. On the eve of her wedding, the beautiful opera singer Malvina is mysteriously killed and abducted by a malevolent Dr. Droz. Felisberto, an innocent piano tuner, is summoned to Droz's secluded villa to service his strange musical automatons. Little by little Felisberto learns of the doctor's plans to stage a "diabolical opera" and of Malvina's fate. He secretly conspires to rescue her, only to become trapped himself in the web of Droz's perverse universe...

Starring Amira Casar (Catherine Breillat's Anatomy of Hell), Assumpta Serna (Pedro Almodovar's Matador), Cesar Sarachu (Institute Benjamenta) and Gottfried John (Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Marriage of Maria Braun).


Studio Zeitgeist Video
SKU 204086951
UPC 795975108836
UPC 14 00795975108836
Format DVD
Release Date 4/24/2007
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Name Casar,Amira
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
Alan Passes, et. al. - Writer
Amira Casar - Actor
Assumpta Serna - Actor
Cesar Saracho - Actor
Christopher Slaski - Original Music By
Eric Veenstra - Art Director
Gottfried John - Actor
Michael Becker - Producer
Nicholas D. Knowland - Cinematographer
Simon Laurie - Editor
Stephen Quay - Director
Terry Gilliam - Executive Producer
Timothy Quay - Director
ReviewSource Variety
Review Filmmaking twins the Quay Brothers' first film in 10 years, "The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes" impresses as a visually exquisite, rigorously intellectual but dauntingly obscurantist fable about automatons, opera singers and herniated desire that will appeal exclusively to arthouse auds with rarefied tastes. Pic's use of color reportedly reps attempt to placate backers with a more "accessible" feature than brothers' previous, silvery-hued "Institute Benjamenta"...Pic is brimful with beautiful images, from the activities of the rusty, distressed automata (delicately animated sequences by the helmers themselves), to the villa's deranged gardeners performing repetitive, balletic movements that recall the butler school in "Benjamenta."
Reviewer Leslie Felperin
ReviewRating 8
Review At one point in The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes, the latest phantasmagoria from the Quay Brothers, the spindly title character (Cesar Serachu) says, "I feel like I'm living in someone else's imagination." That poetically sums up the experience of watching this startling, hyper-surrealist work by the identical twin filmmakers Stephen and Timothy Quay, whose admirers include Terry Gilliam and Julie Taymor. Extravagantly strange and hypnotically beautiful, this dreamlike fusion of live-action, puppetry, and Eastern European-style stop-motion animation is the Quays' first feature-length picture in a decade. And while longtime admirers of the brothers' animated shorts and music videos will undoubtedly love it, there's an airless, oppressively stylized quality to the film that ultimately proves more wearying than exhilarating.
Reviewer Tim Knight
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Color, Black & White, English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Casar,Amira
Label Zeitgeist Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Geoff Andrew, Time Out London ...visually and aurally stunning, a typically eccentric Gothic fantasy with a sultry atmosphere.
James Mottram, Film Review Bizarre, operatic of the most visually striking films you'll see in this - or any - year.
Kim Newman, Sight & Sound It's solid, evocative, dramatic stuff - mysterious and primal.
Marina Warner, The Guardian These are the masters of the contemporary uncanny.
The Hollywood Reporter A finely crafted horror film with a devious storyline and hauntingly beautiful production design.
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