The Piano [DVD] [1993]

  • SKU: 4569378
  • Release Date: 01/31/2012
  • Rating: R
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (5 out of 5)

    Special Features


    • Theatrical trailer
    • Production notes
    • Cast and crew information
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    The Piano
    Writer/director Jane Campion's third feature unearthed emotional undercurrents and churning intensity in the story of a mute woman's rebellion in the recently colonized New Zealand wilderness of Victorian times. Ada McGrath (Holly Hunter), a mute who has willed herself not to speak, and her strong-willed young daughter Flora (Anna Paquin) find themselves in the New Zealand wilderness, with Ada the imported bride of dullard land-grabber Stewart (Sam Neill). Ada immediately takes a dislike to Stewart when he refuses to carry her beloved piano home with them. But Stewart makes a deal with his overseer George Baines (Harvey Keitel) to take the piano off his hands. Attracted to Ada, Baines agrees to return the piano in exchange for a series of piano lessons that become a series of increasingly charged sexual encounters. As pent-up emotions of rage and desire swirl around all three characters, the savage wilderness begins to consume the tiny European enclave. Campion imbues her tale with an over-ripe tactility and a murky, poetic undertow that betray the characters' confined yet overpowering emotions: Ada's buried sensuality, Baines' hidden tenderness, and Stewart's suppressed anger and violence. The story unfolds like a Greek tragedy of the Outback, complete with a Greek chorus of Maori tribesmen and a blithely uncaring natural environment that envelops the characters like an additional player. Campion directs with discreet detachment, observing one character through the glances and squints of another as they peer through wooden slats, airy curtains, and the spaces between a character's fingers. She makes the film immediate and urgent by implicating the audience in characters' gazes. And she guides Hunter to a revelatory performance of silent film majesty. Relying on expressive glances and using body language to convey her soulful depths, Hunter became a modern Lillian Gish and won an Oscar for her performance, as did Paquin and Campion for her screenplay. Campion achieved something rare in contemporary cinema: a poetry of expression told in the form of an off-center melodrama. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Holly Hunter
      Holly Hunter - Ada McGrath
    • Harvey Keitel
      Harvey Keitel - George Baines
    • Sam Neill
      Sam Neill - Stewart
    • Anna Paquin
      Anna Paquin - Flora McGrath
    • Kerry Walker
      Kerry Walker - Aunt Morag



    Customer rating

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Thrilling Cinematic Experience

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      AdS12143BigAl
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      This was a very under rated movie for the Acting, and Story line was way beyond what critics gave it. I could not wait for what was to happen next. The cast of not so called Top box office stars just made it more realistic.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Good Romantic Triangle

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      Swimmer2
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      A mute woman along with her young daughter, and her prized piano, are sent to 1850s New Zealand for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner, and she's soon lusted after by a local worker on the plantation.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fast shipping

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      John
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      My wife always liked this movie so at the last minute I ordered it a few days before her birthday and to my surprise it arrived in time to be used as one of her presents. Thank You.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      great camera for a beginner

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      tudball
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      this movie is worth the price for the soundtrack alone.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      fantastic movie

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      Marcent
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      a favorite over the holidays, the recipient watched it 3 times already

      I would recommend this to a friend



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