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The Piano [DVD]

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  • Actors: Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, Anna Paquin, Kerry Walker
  • Directors: Jane Campion
  • Writers: Jane Campion
  • Producers: Alain Depardieu, Jan Chapman, Mark Turnbull
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Maori
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct. 1999
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RCKA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,765 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Winner of the 1993 Cannes' Palme d'Or for Best Film and Best Actress for Holly Hunter, Jane Campion's third feature was widely hailed as a cinematic masterpiece. With Michael Nyman providing the music, the story centres around Ada (Hunter), a mute Scottish woman sent to New Zealand with her daughter (Anna Paquin) for an arranged marriage to lonely landowner Stewart (Sam Neill). When she arrives with her beloved piano in tow, Stewart forces her to leave it on the beach rather than lug it through the jungle. The estate manager, Baines (Harvey Keitel), watches and listens in amazement when Ada visits the beach to play and subsequently he makes a deal with Stewart to keep it at his own house. Baines is enchanted by both the piano and Ada and eventually makes a bargain of sexual favours whereby Ada can win back the instrument.

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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 mesmerised 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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The Piano is an amazing tale of lust, envy, jealousy, betrayal and female identity and independence. Set in the mid nineteenth century, Ada McGrath is shipped off with her daughter Flora and their scant belongings to New Zealand, the reason being her arranged marriage to a somewhat successful land owner. Ada's beloved piano makes the journey with her.

The visually haunting opening scene of her arrival on the beach is perhaps one of the most haunting movie openings I think I've ever seen. From the beginning you sense her suffocating sense of misplacement and isolation, her sense of being out of place in the rain drenched, mud soaked South Island is overpowering (you have to remember this was way back when the area was hardly populated except by natives and there were few roads etc).

Holly Hunter excells, as usual, in her role, deservedly winning an Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of a woman who chooses to be mute and has not spoken since she was six years old. Ada's true love, is her piano, which is her emotional and symbolic voice, being her most powerful expression of emotion and spirit. Ada takes an instant dislike of her new husband (Sam Neil) when he refuses to bring her piano up from the beach, and when an illiterate neighbour George Baines (played by Harvey Keitel) decides to bring her piano to his home, he strikes up a deal with her, formulating a way for her to earn it back. He proposes that for every lesson she gives, he gets to perform one sexual act. In the beginning, Ada despises George for his immoral, lustful blackmailing, however slowly, tacitly, their relationship transforms into a strong emotional and intellectual bond, and their lives spiral down into a frenzy of lust, deadly jealousy, envy and tragedy.
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In the mid 19th century, a mute woman (Holly Hunter) and her young daughter (Anna Paquin) travel from Scotland to New Zealand where a marriage to a frontiersman (Sam Neill) has been arranged by her father. The husband is a coarse somewhat confused man but his friend (Harvey Keitel) possesses a sensitivity that eventually wears down her emotional resistance. This haunting, evocative film directed by Jane Campion (who won a best original screenplay Oscar for this) won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes film festival and it's a remarkably sensitive portrait of a woman without a voice, literally of course but metaphorically without a voice in the society of her time. Even her marriage is arranged by her father and no explanation is given to why she simply stopped talking at age six. Hunter's career best performance (Cannes film festival and Oscar best actress awards) is stunning as is the remarkable performance by a then 10 year old Paquin (unlike most child actors, there isn't a false note in her performance) who won the supporting actress Oscar. The score by Michael Nyman is one of those rare scores that become a very part of the film's fabric and the exquisite cinematography is courtesy of Stuart Dryburgh.

The Optimum DVD from the U.K. is a pristine anamorphic wide screen (1.85) transfer with an audio commentary by director Champion, an interview with composer Michael Nyman and a vintage making of documentary.
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With it's mixture of happiness and pain, love ands envy, it can be said that 'The Piano' is a film without fault. Set in the 19th centaury it is a story of a dumb woman and her daughter. Ada is married off to a successful landowner in New-Zealand, but of all of her possessions her husband will not bring is her beloved piano. The piano has replaced her vioce and love and since she lost it six years previously and Ada feels useless without it. A neighbour decides to retrieve the abandoned piano and claim it for his own. He strikes a deal with Ada so that he can do certain things to her whilst she plays. The story spirals into a storm of lust, envy, anger, pain and love. With an unforgettable finish to a beautiful film this is a wonderful picture indeed. The film has a stunning soundtrack with some amazing piano pieces which keep emotions riding high right until the end of the final credits. There is superb acting by Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel and Sam Neill all wonderfully directed by Jane Campion,
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Set in New Zealand and making the most of the stunning scenery, this beautifully photographed film leaves a lasting impression.
The casting is good and the roles are played with sensitivity and skill. The film has a dream like quality throughout that draws you in but never confuses. Excellent!
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I had been looking for this DVD for some time, so was delighted to find it and buy it. I am afraid the film was too subtle for my husband and I had to spend too long explaining it all to him (!) so it is delightful to have it to myself on my personal DVD player. No explanations required for most women - just a simple delight and a lesson in quiet seduction to all men. I love a happy ending too, which helps ! No wonder Holly Hunter won awards for her acting. Perfect.
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This film is a true classic just ten years after its release, I tried to describe this film to a friend but it proved impossible. Although the only way I could think to describe it in any way, shape or form was to the power of a human vocal, you know when a gifted singer falters on a note singing with true naked emotion thats the a tiny percentage beauty and magnificence of this film. There are some many moments you lose count of when a shot will look out into the distance or focus on one of the characters when the depth of soul and emotion projected through the screen knocks your socks off, an unbelievable raw, beautifully directed and performed piece of work.
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