Shut Up and Watch This

#84: The Piano (1993)

March 31, 2022

There’s no question that THE PIANO is a very good film–everything from photography, to music, to performances, and story casts a spell. Writer/Director Jane Campion is at the full height of her formidable powers as a storyteller. She expertly revives and inhabits the emotional landscape of novels like Jane Eyre, offering us glimpses into the mind and will of our heroine. But this is a modern story, so maybe the themes of Man vs. Self and Society vs. Freedom are more interesting than the love story. And what is our responsibility when responding to this work? Can we allow ourselves to be swept away, or do we have to ask the hard questions? Why not both?

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