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Piano Teacher
     

The Piano Teacher

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Director: Michael Haneke

Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Annie Girardot, Benoît Magimel

 

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Michael Haneke's controversial psychological drama The Piano Teacher comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The soundtrack is rendered in the original French, but English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include an interview with lead actress Isabelle Huppert, and trailers. Kino has

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Michael Haneke's controversial psychological drama The Piano Teacher comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The soundtrack is rendered in the original French, but English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include an interview with lead actress Isabelle Huppert, and trailers. Kino has released the film to disc in two different packages, one "R" rated and the other unrated. This disc contains the preferable unrated cut.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
Based on the novel by Austrian writer Elfriede Jelinek and directed by German torture-meister Michael Haneke, the psycho-drama The Piano Teacher is sure to be a shocking experience for audiences expecting the usual light touches and sensuality of French cinema. This bleak story is spoken in French, but takes place in Vienna, Austria, the home to both Sigmund Freud and Franz Schubert. Incorporating themes from both masters of psychology and composition, respectively, the film effectively links the harsh cruelties of classical music scholarship with an increasingly disturbing mother/daughter relationship. From the first scene, it is apparent that the Mother (Annie Girardot) has caused her daughter a lifetime of suffering and sacrifice in the name of musical perfection, thus breaking her spirit indefinitely. The film works best as a frustrating character study of the daughter, Professor Erika Kohut (Isabelle Huppert), who exhibits a coldness and insensitivity that is affirmed through her repressed sexual deviancy. The ugly scenes with cocky student Walter Klemmer (Benoit Magimel) are charged with intense conflict as the aggressively handsome young man tries to pursue his frigid master teacher. The momentum is changed after the climactic moment between mother and daughter, where the narrative seems to only confirm Erika's madness. An interesting intellectual pondering on the nature of sexual repression, The Piano Teacher is a frightening portrait of a broken woman.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
1/2
There is an old saying: Be careful what you ask for, because you might get it. The Piano Teacher has a more ominous lesson: Be especially careful with someone who has asked for you.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/05/2002
UPC:
0738329026325
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kino Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:05:00

Special Features

[None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Isabelle Huppert Erica Kohut
Annie Girardot The Mother
Benoît Magimel Walter Klemmer
Susanne Lothar Mrs. Schober
Udo Samel Dr. Blonskij

Technical Credits
Michael Haneke Director,Screenwriter
Christian Berger Cinematographer
Yvon Crenn Executive Producer
Christine Gozlan Executive Producer
Veit Heiduschka Producer
Christoph Kanter Production Designer
Michael Katz Executive Producer
Michael Katz Executive Producer
Jean-Pierre Laforce Sound/Sound Designer
Guillaume Sciama Sound/Sound Designer
Monika Willi Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Erika, the Piano Teacher [11:23]
2. Walter, an Admirer [9:10]
3. After Work [5:40]
4. The Audition [7:39]
5. Student Relations [10:56]
6. Staying Out Late [7:23]
7. A Break in Rehearsal [10:42]
8. The Playing Field [10:04]
9. Lessons [7:15]
10. Erika's Letter [14:19]
11. Desperate Love [11:27]
12. Confrontations [19:11]

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The Piano Teacher 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched this movie recently, on a whim... it was alright, but I certainly wasn't blown away by it. The performances by both lead characters were well-nuanced, although I thought the ending a bit abrupt. One moment the piano teacher is a deeply disturbed individual for whom one might feel pity, and then she just drops off the deep end into pure insanity. Who knows, maybe that is a reflection of true life. In any case, this movie could provide some interesting fodder for discussion.