Piano Movies You Should Watch
Recently we learned to improvise in music in a more natural way. Now we’ll see which musical instruments are best suited for children. How about starting the week with the coolest piano movies of all time? We’ve prepared a selection of great hits for you to remember or review and to sign up for our online piano lessons. Check it out!
Shine by Geoffrey Rush
1. Shine is an Australian film from 1996, premiered by Geoffrey Rush, who won the Oscar for best actor for this production. The film relates the life of David, a young virtuoso pianist who bumps into his father’s envy at different stages of his life.
The story begins when an eccentric and lost stranger arrives at a bar on a rainy night. From the bar, they take home him and it unveils at this moment a flashback of the life of the unknown, which since childhood already gave signs of being a brilliant pianist.
The brilliant pianist had a past full of criticism and rejection from his father, who liked music but couldn’t play anything. Since childhood, David (Geoffrey Rush) stands out as a virtuoso musician.
As a teenager, David perfected himself on the piano and won scholarships. However, his father freaked out at the possibility that his son might stand out even more. He stopped the boy from studying, and David had an outbreak, losing his referral. Personality disorders hit David, preventing him from relating to other people, using music as escape and reunion.
My Beloved Immortal
This 1994 film, starring Gary Oldman, portrays Beethoven’s last wishes before his death. And reveals a torrid passion between him and Johanna, his beloved. Who, by misfortunes of fate, ends up marrying his brother, Kasper Beethoven.
And when Ludwig van Beethoven dies, Anton Schindler finds the last wills of his old friend mentioned in the will. They leave all her possessions to a woman mentioned only as My Immortal Beloved.
They divide the story of the film into Schindler trying to discover the identity of this woman. Johanna becomes pregnant with Beethoven, but by an accidental change of events she marries her brother Kaspar. His son, Karl van Beethoven, raised by Ludwig. Hoping of making him an important musician like him.
The New Zealander Jane Campion wrote and directed this very awarded 1993 film. This is a touching story that portrays the suffering trajectory of Ada McGrath. A woman who has not spoken since she was six years old and moves to newly colonized New Zealand.
She follows her destiny in the company of her daughter and meets her future husband, with whom she has no sympathy. Ada also takes a piano with her, but her fiancé, Alistair Stewart, refuses to carry it.
However, administrator George Baines, immediately interested in the woman gains the instrument. And promises to return it if she teaches him how to play it. As time goes by, between classes and meetings, they both get closer and live a sweeping passion.
Roman Polanski directed this 2002 film, and refers to the dramatic autobiography of the Jewish-Polish pianist Władysław Szpilman. Who works on Warsaw radio when the Second World War and the Invasion of Poland occurred on September 1, 1939.
Even if everyone believes that the war will soon end, once Poland declares a retaliation against Germany. Nazi troops invaded the country, putting the musician and his family in a ghetto. There, afflicted by hunger, intense torture, disease, and various other degrading situations.
The film brings a sequence of interesting facts, portraying several nuances of the war. They took the family to an extermination camp in Treblinka. But they save Szpilman at the last second by a policeman from the ghetto, who was his friend. And works as a slave in the reconstruction of a German reconstruction unit.
Over time, Szpilman smuggles weapons into the ghetto, almost getting caught on one occasion. The pianist goes through several other moments, witnessing the Polish uprising against the Germans. The elimination of the ghetto (he had to spend a lot of time hiding after they eliminated the people), the Russian army, etc.. Szpilman survived the war and died in 2000.
Toque de Mestre
This is a Spanish film, directed by Eugenio Mira and released in 2013 with Elijah Wood and John Cusack. This is a thrilling story in which, in a crowded theater, a virtuoso pianist, Tom Selznick (Elijah Wood), must meet the demands of a meticulous and positioned killer (John Cusack).
Otherwise, a tragedy will occur, threatening the lives of all those present and their wives and other relatives. He needs to play perfectly a composition that had led him to an early retirement years earlier. The plot is tense and anguishing, with a soundtrack very well planned for the film.
The Legend of the Pianist of the Mar
This Italian film of 1998, directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, has a wonderful soundtrack by Ennio Morricone and Roger Waters. Max Tooney enters an antique store shortly after World War II to pawn his trumpet.
He plays his instrument for the last time, playing a song that is recognized by the store manager. The seller had found a broken record found inside a newly purchased used piano. He asks who had composed and played that song.
It tells the story about the song in flashback form, and dates back to the year 1900, when on a ship was found a baby inside a basket, and probably son of immigrants who were staying in accommodation intended for humble passengers.
It’s the boilermaker Danny who takes care of the boy, who is now called Danny Boodman T. D. Lemon 1900 (a combination of his own name, the current year, and an advertisement reads in the basket where the boy was found).
When Danny dies in a work accident, the 1900 boy is forced to survive aboard the SS Virginian as an orphan. He travels for years unnoticed by the ship’s officers, going back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean, keeping a low profile. Learn several languages and other knowledge over the years.
At a certain point, the boy shows a particular gift for music and as he grows, he becomes a member of the ship’s orchestra. He meets friends and loves, but never disembarks from the ship. But from there, he can absorb the novelties of the music world, acquiring music scores and records. In history, he meets Jelly Roll Morton, New Orleans’ famous jazz name, and both have a piano duel.
Susie and the Baker Boys
This 1989 film portrays the story of two brothers, Frank and Jack, who live in Seattle and have played the piano together since childhood. They make presentations in bars, but more and more they lose public. So they decide to hire a singer to do their act.
The chosen one is Susie Diamond, who gets involved with Jack, creating friction between the two brothers. Beau Bridges and Jeff Bridges are brothers Frank and Jack in the movie. The production won several awards, including the Oscar for best soundtrack. The vocals of the songs are by Michelle Pfeiffer, who plays Susie.
Piano No Mori
It indicate this film for those who like Japanese animals. The animation tells the story of Shuhei Amamiya, a student transferred to Moriwaki Elementary School, who has a lot of ambition and dreams about his future.
But he is bullied by the bullies of the class, and is challenged to play a piano in the forest, where he meets a mysterious child named Kai Ichinose, who seems to be the only person capable of extracting some sound from the broken piano. His skill earns him the respect of Shuhei and his music teacher, the old master pianist Sosuke Ajino.
The film also shows iKai’s reluctance to improve his art, which changes his mind when he hears old Sosuke playing a fragment of Chopin.
The story, which is taken from a manga, has been published by Kodansha since 1998, with a series of 16 tankoubon volumes being released so far. In the animated film, released in 2007, the renowned pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy stands out. It’s worth watching and checking out the soundtrack!
At Night We Dream
It’s a classic cinema, dating back to 1945. This is a biographical fiction film produced by Columbia Pictures, which tells the life story of Polish pianist and composer Frédéric Chopin. It was directed by Charles Vidor and produced by Sidney Buchman and Louis F. Edelman, with scripts by Sidney Buchman and Ernst Marischka.
The director brought to the public a very patriotic vision of Chopin, and the film they produced it during the Second World War. It initially presents Chopin, starring Cornel Wilde as a child prodigy playing a Mozart play. Suddenly, however, he stops playing when he hears, through the window, the news that they have taken the Polish people prisoner by the Russian authorities.
In the film, for Chopin, playing the piano is an act of patriotism. In an audition, he stops playing when he sees the Russian governor of Poland among the listeners, claiming he doesn’t play for Russians. Already in Paris, he is distracted by a variety of subjects, but he takes a kind of musical tour all over Europe.
When the film was produced in 1944, Poland also suffered under Germanic rule during the Second World War. It is a black and white film (originally) and portrays the politically active mentality in exaltation to Poland.
Shoot the Pianist
This 1960 French film, directed by François Truffaut, is a good police suspense film. The pianist of a bar, named Charlie Koller had already been the concert performer Edouard Saroyan, but preferred to change his name after the suicide of his wife.
His brother Richard Saroyan takes refuge in the bar because he is being hunted by two gangsters. Richard is an accomplice of Chico, who is also his brother. Both of Charlie’s younger brothers are crooks.
Charlie still cares about his little brother, Fido. Gangsters are constantly watching his apartment to kidnap his younger brother. But it’s Charlie and his mistress Lena who are captured. They can get away, but they’re at the mercy of an endless hunt.
Source: Music Without Limits
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