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The Piano Teacher

Spine #894



Release:
Sep 26, 2017
$39.95

Number of Discs: 1

Specs
  • 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • French DTS-HD 5.1 Surround
  • English subtitles

The Piano Teacher

Other Versions:

Original release


Directed By: Michael Haneke
Licensor: MK2
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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 breakthrough 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.

Supplements
  • New interview with Michael Haneke
  • New interview with actor Isabelle Huppert
  • Selected-scene commentary from 2002 featuring Isabelle Huppert
  • Behind-the-scenes footage of a postsync session for the film featuring Michael Haneke and Isabelle Huppert
  • Trailer
  • An essay by scholar Moira Weigel

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