The Piano Teacher (The Criterion Collection)(Blu-ray)(Region A)

The Piano Teacher (The Criterion Collection)(2001) Blu-ray
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The Piano Teacher Blu-ray
La pianiste
Criterion | 2001 | 130 min | Rated R | Sep 26, 2017

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

French: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1


Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD-50)
UPC 715515203913

The Piano Teacher (The Criterion Collection)(2001) Blu-ray

A young man romantically pursues his masochistic piano teacher.

Director: Michael Haneke
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Annie Girardot, Benoît Magimel

The Piano Teacher

Synopsis: 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.

Special Features and Technical Specs:
- NEW, restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by director Michael Haneke, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- NEW interview with Haneke
- NEW interview with actor Isabelle Huppert
- Selected-scene commentary from 2002 featuring Huppert
- Behind-the-scenes footage of a postsync session for the film featuring Haneke and Huppert
- Trailer
- New English subtitle translation
- PLUS: An essay by scholar Moira Weigel

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