The Piano

The Piano

A gothic masterpiece, infused with a darkly romantic frisson, The Piano is full of striking and highly affective images. Equally artistically successful as financial, it won the Palm d’Or and academy awards for its three key women artists (Jane Campion [also nominated for best director], Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin). Michael Nyman’s sound track was also a best seller.  Accompanied by her young daughter and piano, Ada, a mute, is sold into marriage to a stranger in faraway New Zealand. Her new husband sells her piano in pique. Ada attempts to get it back from Baines, the white man gone partly savage, played by Harvey Keitel, whose career’s renaissance was just underway.

The Piano

  • Director: Jane Campion
  • Year: 1993
  • Run Time: 114 mins
  • Country: NZ/AUS/FR
  • Rating: MA