The Piano Tuner Of Earthquakes details
|Starring:||Gottfried John, Cesar Saracho, Amira Casar|
|Directors:||Timothy Quay, Stephen Quay|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
The Piano Tuner Of Earthquakes
|Run time:||1 hour 35 minutes|
|Rental release:||26 Jun 2006|
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The oblique purveyors of shadowsBy mptye (46 reviews) from huddersfield , 06 Jul 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]Institute Benjamenta - the Quay's earlier live action film - had all the menace, mystery and sensuality that this film ought to have had. The animation isn't as tight as any of these artists previous works, and if I see one more self unscrewing screw in modern animation films I'm going to stab my eyes out with a victorian porcelain dolls head. The film is often impenetrably dark / pointlessly out-of-focus / both. There are however occassionally scenes of enormous beauty and sensuality. But a series of tableaux don't make a film.
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art house filmBy chrisstables (3 reviews) from Kingston upon Thames , 21 Apr 2009Being a big fan of the Quay Brothers short films, I have to admit I was not sure whether they are suitable for films. At times the narrative of the film is very oblique, but if you go with the flow you get some interesting scenes/visuals. I would really recommend that you watch the making of the film to enhance your enjoyment and understanding of the film. I would like to warn people that this film is not for your average watcher-very much an art house film!!
Piano Tuner of EarthquakesBy a customer from SHIPSTON ON STOUR , 17 Dec 2008Felt like I had missed half an hour of the film took a while to work out what was going on.. Visually very dark . Very disappointing
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Visual PerfectionBy AlisaBriggs (1 review) from LEEDS , 15 Sep 2008Such ponderous and intricate feature as 'The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes' actively resists any attempt of trite summing up by means of the haunting beauty of its unfolding infinities. The film, which combines live action and animation, presents a very poetic rendition of sci-fi theme; though some viewer may be put off outright by the disjointed story structure. But why should be a film of this kind judged by the coherence of its narration, when there's so much more to it then just a dramatic plot? Symbolic dialogues, hypnotizing soundtrack, the whirlpool of fascinating and murk visual digressions, which obviously dominate the film and form its dynamics. After all, 'there is no need to wake when the sleep time is so pleasant'.
In terms of formal organisation - 'an extreme stylisation of mise-en-scene' (though the Quay brothers' style is undoubtedly unparagoned, unique), surreal grandeur of it may be compared to the 'gothic' aspects of German Expressionist cinema. One even more obvious influence of the Quay animators is Czech master Jan Svankmajer, whom the brothers paid homage in 1984 by releasing a documentary film The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer.
Wake me up before you go-goBy Whipster (663 reviews) from Shropshire , 19 Aug 2008I'm a fan of surreal movies. I'm a fan of the Quay Brothers surreal animation style. But...I'm certainly not a fan of this film. Tedious, self indulgent and incredibly boring! It doesn't work on any level but mostly because of its pretentious assumption that the watcher will be fascinated by its imagined world. But the place sucks! The attention to detail will bore you rigid after only ten minutes or so. Worst of all - there isn't a single piano in it! Piano tuners should avoid with all their might...
Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008I was extremely disappointed by the brothers second live action feature. Visually this is an absolute treat to the eyes, but unfortunately the narrative is an absolute mess. This is a shame because I think the story is a brilliant idea that perfectly fits in to their back catalogue of work.. But it's as if they became a bit lost when filming on a bigger scale. Also I found that whenever there was a brief piece of stop-motion, I was reminded of how brilliant their short model animations are - and how terrible this is!
The hour long interview with the brothers (special feature) is interesting and informative. Reflecting on their childhood/education and how they became animators. They also talk about the Channel 4 backers wanting this second feature to have well known actors, be in colour and have more of a story... Maybe next time they should put two fingers up at the fat cats in their offices and go off and do what they want to do. Grrrrrrrrrr - makes me sick seeing good talent being miss guided in such a way.