There are 9 critical essays on The Piano.
Critical Essays on The Piano
Critical Essay by Mary Cantwell
4,525 words, approx. 15 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 characters in Campion's films.
Critical Essay by Stella Bruzzi
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 women's sexuality, clothes and lives interconnect."
Critical Review by Sarah Kerr
3,049 words, approx. 10 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.
Critical Review by Sara Halprin
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.
Critical Review by Stuart Klawans
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.
Critical Review by Brian D. Johnson
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 seems to be wrong with the movies."
Critical Review by Richard A. Blake
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 remarks on Campion's artistic development.
Critical Review by John Simon
986 words, approx. 3 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.
Critical Review by Lizzie Francke
914 words, approx. 3 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."
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