The piano teacher La Pianiste

Wega Film (Firm), MK2 Productions, Films Alain Sarde (Firm), Arte France cinéma (Firm)

DVD - 2017

Academy Award winning Austrian director Michael Haneke shifted his focus from the social to the psychological for this riveting study of female sexuality and the dynamics of control, an adaptation of a controversial 1983 novel by Elfriede Jelinek. Haneke finds his match in Isabelle Huppert, who delivers an icy but quietly seething performance as Erika, a middle-aged piano professor at a Viennese conservatory who lives with her mother, in a claustrophobically codependent relationship. Severely repressed, she satisfies her masochistic urges only voyeuristically until she meets Walter (Benoît Magimel), a young student whose desire for Erika leads to a destructive infatuation that upsets the careful equilibrium of her life. A critical breakthr...ough for Haneke, The Piano Teacher which won the Grand Prix as well as dual acting awards for its stars at Cannes is a formalist masterwork that remains a shocking sensation.

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Feature films
Romance films
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[Irvington, New York] : The Criterion Collection [2017]
Corporate Authors
Wega Film (Firm), MK2 Productions, Films Alain Sarde (Firm), Arte France cinéma (Firm)
Corporate Authors
Wega Film (Firm) (production company), MK2 Productions, Films Alain Sarde (Firm), Arte France cinéma (Firm)
Other Authors
Michael Haneke, 1942- (film director), Veit Heiduschka (film producer), Marin Karmitz (actor), Alain Sarde, 1952- (-), Isabelle Huppert, Annie Girardot, 1931-2011, Benoît Magimel, Susanne Lothar, Elfriede Jelinek, 1946-
Director-approved two-DVD special edition ; DVD edition
Item Description
Title from disc surface.
Based on the novel Die Klavierspielerin by Elfriede Jelinek.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2001.
Wide screen (1.85:1).
Film rating provided from web page for film and may not be present on container packaging.
Special features: new interview with Michael Haneke; new interview with Isabelle Huppert; selected-scene commentary from 2001 featuring Huppert; behind the scenes footage featuring Haneke and Huppert; trailer. . Container insert includes an essay "Bad Romances" by film scholar Moira Weigel.
Physical Description
2 videodiscs (approximately 130 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
DVD, NTSC region 1, widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround.
MPAA rating: R; for aberrant sexuality including violence, and for language OFRB rating: R.
Cannes Film Festival, 2001: Grand Prize of the Jury (Michael Haneke); Best Actress (Isabelle Huppert); Best Actor (Benoît Magimel).
Production Credits
Director of photography, Christian Berger ; editors, Nadine Muse, Monika Willi.
Contents unavailable.
Review by Library Journal Review

A coldly demanding middle-aged piano teacher (Isabelle Huppert), who still lives with her domineering mother, only finds pleasure in voyeurism until she embarks on a sadomasochistic affair with a handsome student. Michael Haneke (Cache; The White Ribbon) directs with detached precision, exploring how control functions in relationships-both familial and romantic-in this challenging film. As she proved yet again with last year's Elle, Huppert is never undeterred by controversial roles-carefully striking the difficult notes in this newly restored, high-def -presentation. [See Trailers, LJ 8/17.] © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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