The Piano Summary

Everything you need to understand or teach The Piano.

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  • 9 Literature Criticisms
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Essays & Analysis (14)

3,743 words, approx. 13 pages
In the following essay, Bruzzi compares The Piano to other dramatic works dealing with sexuality in the Victorian Age and argues that The Piano is a "cryptic and evocative exploration of how wo... Read more
914 words, approx. 4 pages
In the following excerpt, Francke comments on theme in The Piano, noting that the film "demands as much a physical and emotional response as an intellectual one." For a while I could not... Read more
1,449 words, approx. 5 pages
In the following review, Johnson praises The Piano on a number of counts, including its story and strong female leading role, and describes it as "a welcome antidote to almost everything that s... Read more
1,707 words, approx. 6 pages
In the following mixed review, Klawans finds The Piano contrived and allegorized, but acknowledges that most viewers will admire the film's eroticism and formal inventiveness. A skeptic'... Read more
986 words, approx. 4 pages
Simon is a Yugoslavian-born American film and theater critic. In the following excerpt, he argues that The Piano contains numerous logical inconsistencies that detract from its quality. At a New York ... Read more
1,098 words, approx. 4 pages
Blake is an American educator, editor, film critic, and Roman Catholic priest. In the following review, he asserts that The Piano provides "a brilliant analysis" of human isolation and r... Read more
3,049 words, approx. 11 pages
In the following review, Kerr discusses the scenery, costumes, and narrative of The Piano, arguing that Campion creates an "immersion experience" rather than a dramatic narrative. Severa... Read more
2,015 words, approx. 7 pages
In the following review, Halprin discusses The Piano in relation to the published screenplay and comments on the film's literary influences. I am frightened of my will, of what it might do, it... Read more
4,525 words, approx. 16 pages
Cantwell is an American editor, nonfiction writer, and critic. In the following essay, based on an interview with Campion, Cantwell surveys Campion's life and works, focusing on the female char... Read more
2,427 words, approx. 9 pages
The release of the Jane Champion's The Piano in 1993 was almost a shocking event and till today is thought to be provoking. The movie has become the focus of the intensive debates about the postcolon... Read more
644 words, approx. 3 pages
Screen and Visual images are important in the film; The Piano directed by Jane Campion. The screen and visual images are represented by Motifs. They are related to the dominating characters which make... Read more
1,034 words, approx. 4 pages
In Jane Campion's The Piano Ada McGrath's most dominant personal weakness is her self-imposed muteness. However, Ada has experienced many misfortunes during her life, which make her a more vulnerable ... Read more
766 words, approx. 3 pages
The director of "The Piano", Jane Campion, chose to set this movie in the 1800's. This decision allowed her to experiment with ideas that are seen as being more relevant at present, yet were more prom... Read more
1,707 words, approx. 6 pages
Throughout the course of the film Ada is presented as an entirely self-character, although through the way she is portrayed the audience is invited to empathize with her. The character of Ada is shown... Read more