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The Piano Tuner Of Earthquakes [DVD]

Amira Casar , Gottfried John , The Quay Brothers    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Amira Casar, Gottfried John, Assumpta Serna
  • Directors: The Quay Brothers
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Jun 2006
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F6IIIA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,493 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Dark, lyrical fantasy from the directors Stephen and Timothy Quay. On the eve of her wedding, the beautiful opera singer Malvina van Stille (Amira Casar) dies mysteriously, her body being spirited away by the sinister Dr Droz (Gottfried John). Felisberto (Cesar Saracho), an innocent piano tuner, is summoned to Droz's secluded villa so that they can service his strange musical automatons. Little by little, Felisberto learns of the doctor's plan to stage a diabolical opera, and of Malvina's macabre demise. As he secretly conspires to rescue her, Felisberto becomes trapped in the web of Droz's perverse universe.

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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visual Perfection 12 Dec 2006
Such ponderous and intricate feature as The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes actively resists any attempt of trite summing up by means of the haunting beauty of its unfolding infinities. The film, which combines live action and animation, presents a very poetic rendition of sci-fi theme; though some viewer may be put off outright by the disjointed story structure. But why should be a film of this kind judged by the coherence of its narration, when there's so much more to it then just a dramatic plot? Symbolic dialogues, hypnotizing soundtrack, the whirlpool of fascinating and murk visual digressions, which obviously dominate the film and form its dynamics. After all, "there is no need to wake when the sleep time is so pleasant".

In terms of formal organisation - "an extreme stylisation of mise-en-scene" (though the Quay brothers' style is undoubtedly unparagoned, unique), surreal grandeur of it may be compared to the "gothic" aspects of German Expressionist cinema. One even more obvious influence of the Quay animators is Czech master Jan Svankmajer, whom the brothers paid homage in 1984 by releasing a documentary film The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer.

I'm really surprised this film hasn't got a single positive feedback on amazon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Languid Peepshow or potential masterpiece 23 April 2012
By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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First viewing and I must admit I drifted off towards the end. The trouble is the pace is slow and the film is languid. However, to counteract this, within its frame are some eerie, meticulous scenes that perhaps deserve another chance.

Composed of surrealist nightmare visions, this enshrouds the imagination and builds upon various symbols. The camera work, animation, colouring, all make the piece a success, but the story seemed to lack a sensual chemistry. A dream world is evoked but it lacks an emotional attachment, instead it drifts through various dream sequences in an opiated detachment, instead of an injection of vitalised emotions.

If you want to observe a film, then this is a useful peepshow of events, but for me it did not reach out and touch me. Perhaps I will try again when less tired to see if it has the same impact, as there is something about it that is captivating, it lies beyond "Inland Empire." It's just first time round I did not find it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invention of Quays 17 April 2012
By Zaroff
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Differing to the first longer feature with humans by the Quays, Institute Benjamenta, this stands in a slightly differing frame..

The concepts of operatic performance, of just performance in general seems to contaminate the whole ensemble, everything is measured long & hangs in the air. The animation is lesser than many watching Quays earlier shorts might prefer. However, the animations, particularly automatons, now seem to suggest & become the more surreal for their sudden appearances amongst the 'real' human interaction.

More dialogue than monologue than previous, more music that apparently is library stock of a ballet theme, than the jarring notes in the past. Perhaps many people dislike this more 'palatable' arrangement, slightly forced upon the Quay brothers by financing companies..,which suggests 'make us something people will understand'. Well, no, you still won't quite grasp every layer in one sitting..

As mentioned in the interview also on the disc, the film has been disliked by many, possibly expecting more of the same from their last venture. However, this is a film that i think it fair to say, on third viewing or so will suddenly be a source of adoration. Its visually sonorous, flitting timeless.

Aside from many authors i mused upon when seeing Institute Benjaments, or related filmic thoughts, the main one that came to mind here was the book 'The Invention of Morel' by Casares. Very much a similar shade of metaphysical romances..

Give it all a chance to mellow & the 'alternate' Quays styling will impress upon the memories very finely.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie 15 Dec 2006
Many of the reviews I have read about this film go something like this... "My attention span lasts 5 minutes and this movie is 99 minutes so it's slow and boring." NOT the case at all. I have a horrible attention span and the only regret I had about this movie was that it was only 99 minutes.

Beautiful, engaging, thoughtful and with that signature Quay style of animation. A lot of digital effects which oddly goes very well with the Quay's organic animation techniques.

Great movie!
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