The Piano

The Piano

DVD - 2012
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"The Piano weaves the passionate tale of Ada, a young mute woman desired by two men. Sold into marriage to a husband who doesn't understand her, Ada finds herself drawn to her darkly intense neighbor, stirring up vengeful jealousies and violent emotions. But in the end, only one man truly understands how to win Ada's heart, through her beloved piano."--Container.
Publisher: [United States] : Lions Gate Home Entertainment, [2012]
Call Number: DVD F PIAN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (121 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in


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Nov 04, 2019

Spellbinding movie fiercely acted. A masterpiece in my opinion. FIVE stars.

Watch out for movies with absolutely no humor in them. This is one.

Jan 17, 2019

The most interesting scene was when we learn she likes butt stuff

Sep 25, 2018

talk about a mail order bride. Mute, single mother is sent off to New Zealand in an arranged marriage. The topography is brutal and dreary, dark and rainy much like the situation that she finds herself in.

The relation established by her daughter with her husband is brighter than that of the husband and wife. Needless to say, the man is not kind, friendly or nor does he understand of the woman and her daughter. The one thing that is precious to her is her piano, as it is the expression of the woman; playing is her voice. When they arriave in New Zealand the piano is left on the beach. Eventually a relationship develops between the woman and a reclusive man who understands the importance of the piano.

Very good movie that won several awards.

Jul 18, 2018

Boring, dark, depressing movie about an adulterous woman and her piano fetish.

Sep 12, 2017

I found this movie to be a strange story set in N.Z. in the 1850's. If it was supposed to be believable, I would find that difficult. Who takes a piano from Scotland to New Zealand?
This movie definately showed a lot of emotion, the acting was suburb, Anna Paquin was wonderful as the daughter. The seduction of Ada was certainly not subtle, but I think she was willing to be seduced. The consequences of her adultery were severe. This is not a movie for everyone.

May 20, 2017

"The Piano" is one of my favorite movies of all time, melding great artistry, magical music (by Michael Nyman), and palpable passion in the exotic wilderness of New Zealand. This is director Jane Campion's best work (winning her the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in 1993). Anna Paquin beat 5000 candidates to perform this superb childhood role at age 9 (winning her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at the age of 11). Perfect casting, precise editing, and high drama empower this psychological exploration of passion on the edge of 1800s wilderness.

Apr 23, 2017

Sam Neill seldom catches a break. The characters he is usually cast in (or chooses) are losers, masochists, or bigots, generally driven crazy by unfortunate circumstances and their inner demons. In The Piano, he marries a mute, mail order bride with a child who should be, in his opinion, under his complete control -- and even that goes spectacularly awry. Holly Hunter, Anna Paquin, and Harvey Keitel give excellent performances, although the latter is slightly miscast. Maybe, through movie magic, Neill could have played both parts? Viewers should be aware that the film is artier than they are probably expecting, although the style eventually settles down. The Piano should be avoided by those shocked by the notion that not particularly young or beautiful people have sex.

Aug 02, 2015

Great acting in dreary place, unhappy circumstances. Had not seen since the theatre & still wondering about ending. Harvey Kitel at his best.

IClare Jul 28, 2013

Anna Paquin did a great job. I think she made the movie. Wasn't impressed with the story. The love story between Ada and Baines definitely could have been developed more, so that the audience could see the growth and a progression, so that I would care about them and want to root for them. Holly Hunter was okay. I don't think it was an Oscar worthy performance. I think Angela Bassett definitely should have won that year for What's Love Got to Do With It. All in all, it was just okay for me.

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Nov 28, 2012

Ada (voiceover): "The voice you hear is not my speaking voice -- but my mind's voice. I have not spoken since I was six years old. No one knows why -- not even me. My father says it is a dark talent, and the day I take it into my head to stop breathing will be my last. Today he married me to a man I have not yet met. Soon my daughter and I shall join him in his own country. My husband writes that my muteness does not bother him -- and hark this! He says, "God loves dumb creatures, so why not I?" 'Twere good he had God's patience, for silence affects everyone in the end. The strange thing is, I don't think myself silent. That is because of my piano. I shall miss it on the journey."


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