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New Meetup: Pianomania- The Search for the Perfect Tone at the MFA

From: Tom G.
Sent on: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 9:05 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Boston International/Arthouse Movie Meetup Group!

What: Pianomania- The Search for the Perfect Tone at the MFA

When: Saturday, October 23,[masked]:30 AM

Where: Museum of Fine Arts
Huntington Ave Boston
Boston, MA 02115

Pianomania by Robert Cibis and Lilian Franck (Austria, 2010, 93 min.).

Egads! yet another documentary- geesh what can I say?

The film takes us into the life of Steinway's piano technician Stefan Kn?pfer as he works on the instruments of the world's greatest virtuosos. In the pursuit of perfection, Kn?pfer bounces tennis balls on piano strings, replaces the leg of one instrument with a cheap violin as an experiment ? and spends an entire year working on one piano until it's the ideal instrument on which to play an unfinished masterpiece by Bach. guardian.co.uk

Pianomania received the Golden Gate Award as best documentary at the 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival. This is the statement of the jury:

On the surface Pianomania might appear to be a film about a very specific and perhaps arcane subject: piano tuning. But because of its craft and character development it emerges as a film with a transcendent theme: the pursuit of excellence. The delightful subject of the film, Stefan Knupfer, may be a piano tuner, but he is also a portal into the knotty human desire to untangle the ineffable.

Elegant, humorous, passionate, Pianomania showcases genius on both sides of the instrument. ?It is about an almost impossibly rarefied world, and yet with austere charm, and a very likable central figure, the film helps us to understand something of this world? (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian)

Hope to see you there,
Tom

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