The Piano

The Piano
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 1 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: January 31, 2012
  • Originally Released: 1993
  • Label: Miramax Lionsgate
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Theatrical trailer
    • Production notes
    • Cast and crew information
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Performer: , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by
Composition by
Produced by
Director of Photography:

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"The voice you hear is my mind's voice."
  - Ada (Holly Hunter) in voice-over
"There is a silence where hath been no sound
There is a silence where no sound may be
In the cold grave, under the deep, deep sea."
  - poem by Thomas Hood (1799-1845) recited in voice-over by Ada
"The piano is mine. It's mine!"
  - note from Ada to Stewart (Sam Neill)
"...there are things I'd like to do while you play."
  - Baines (Harvey Keitel) to Ada
"To hell!"
  - Flora (Anna Paquin) to Stewart when he asks her where her mother's gone
"I am quite the town freak. Which satisfies."
  - Ada in voice-over

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1993 - Best Actress: Holly Hunter
Academy Awards 1993 - Best Original Screenplay: Jane Campion
Academy Awards 1993 - Best Supporting Actress: Anna Paquin
Cannes 1993 - Best Actress: Holly Hunter
Cannes 1993 - Palme d'Or

Entertainment Reviews:

New York Times - 10/16/1993
"...A severely beautiful, mysterious movie that, as if by magic, liberates the romantic imagination....[The] principal performances are extraordinary..."
Premiere - 06/01/1994
"...An exquisitely romantic personal ode to creativity..." - Recommended
Variety - 05/10/1993
"...Carefully rendered....Stratharin puts in a very fine turn..."
Film Comment - 07/01/1993
"...Campion manages her story and symbols beautifully, and evokes harrowing performances from her four leads..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 11/19/1993
"...The performances are as original as the characters....It is one of those rare movies that is not just about a story, or some characters, but about a whole universe of feeling..."
Sight and Sound - 03/01/2006
"The lighting is crepuscular, the costumes heavy and the atmosphere brooding."

Product Description:

This controversially erotic film from New Zealand established screenwriter-director Jane Campion as a universally recognized talent. Holly Hunter stars as Ada, a mute 19th-century woman sent to New Zealand in an arranged marriage with a patriarchal landowner (Sam Neill). She brings along her daughter, Flora (Anna Paquin), and tries to also bring her beloved piano, much to the consternation of her new husband, who abandons the piano on a beach. Artistically and emotionally frustrated, Ada finds herself experiencing an erotic awakening when Baines (Harvey Keitel), an illiterate settler covered with Maori tattoos, rescues her piano, buys it from her husband, then strikes a strange bargain with Ada that gradually leads to her sexual awakening--and to an explosive confrontation.

Jaw-droppingly beautfiul with its purple and green palette of untamed New Zealand scenery, THE PIANO is both a ravishing love story and a psychosexual fairy tale on a par with WUTHERING HEIGHTS and JANE EYRE. Featuring a haunting piano score by Michael Nyman and brilliant performances, THE PIANO is a masterpiece, considered one of the best films of the 1990s.

Plot Synopsis:

A mute woman who expresses herself through her piano arrives in 1800s New Zealand to be a lonely man's mail-order bride. When he leaves her piano on the beach, a local man offers to pay to have it taken to his home. In exchange for slight romantic advances, he sells the piano back to her key by key, leading to a crescendo of passion and jealousy between the men.


Production Notes:

  • Filmed on location in New Zealand.
  • THE PIANO tied with Chen Kaige's FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE for the Palme d'Or at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival. Jane Campion was the first female to ever win this prestigious award.
  • The film has scenes in which the dialogue is in Maori and in which Ada communicates with her daughter in sign language; these scenes are subtitled.
  • Holly Hunter did the solo piano playing herself (for the soundtrack as well as for the camera) and is also credited as piano coach for the production.
  • Harvey Keitel has a full-frontal nude scene in this film. Also in 1993 he appeared in Abel Ferrara's BAD LIEUTENANT, in which he also had a full-frontal nude scene. This was a big year for Keitel's career as a result of these two critically praised films, and homage was paid in the press to his fearlessly "naked" style of acting.
  • THE PIANO won the following awards in 1993: The American Film Institute Awards for Best Acievement in Cinematography (Stuart Dryburgh), Costume Design (Janet Patterson), Editing (Veronika Jenet), Production Design (Andrew McAlpine), Sound (Gethin Creagh, Tony Johnson, Annabelle Sheehan, Lee Smith, Peter Townend); Best Actor (Harvey Keitel), Best Actress (Holly Hunter), Best Director, and Best Picture. Holly Hunter also won the Goldon Globe, Boston Society of Film Critics Award, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, National Society of Film Critics, the London Film Critics Circle, the New York Film Critic's Circle, and the Chicago Film Critic's Association Award for Best Actress, as well as the Best Actress Award at Cannes. Campion won for Best Screenplay at the National Socitety of Film Critics, the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and the Australian Film Institute. THE PIANO won the Independent Spirit Award and Cesar Award, the Chicago Film Critics Association for Best Foregin Film. Michael Nyman won the Chicago Film Critics Association and the Australian Film Institute Awards for Best Score.
  • Ken Durey and Waynne Rugg were the special effects coordinators and Tad Pride created the underwater special effects; Peter Long did the title design; Mary-Anne Schultz did the film's choreography; John Harle, David Roach, and Andrew Findon played saxophone on the film's soundtrack.
  • Nokiro Watanabe, who did the makeup and hair, is married to actor Sam Neill, who plays Stewart; she is a third-generation Japanese makeup artist.

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