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Cineclub:La pianiste/The Piano Teacher (2001;French w/subtitles);Private­ Theater

  • Mar 1, 2013 · 7:15 PM
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Co-meetup w/French meetup group.

NOT to be confused with Roman Polanski's "The Pianist," this film stars the great French actress Isabelle Huppert and is directed by Michael Haneke ("Amour"). 130 mins.

"A disconcertingly riveting anti-love story"--Newsday.

"Watching [director] Michael Haneke's film is, aptly enough, a challenge and a punishment.

But watching Isabelle Huppert, a great actress tearing into a landmark role, is riveting"--Rolling Stone.

REVIEW AND SYNOPSIS:

"Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke, who specializes in the unnerving and disturbing, finds simpatico source material in a novel by Elfriede Jelinek about Erika (Isabelle Huppert), a hard, taut, unmarried music teacher who bullies her students at the Vienna Conservatory, comes home to a claustrophobic, sadomasochistic relationship with her old mother (Annie Girardot), and gets off on porn, peeping, and self- mutilation."

"And that's before she meets Walter (Benoit Magimel), a bold younger student who plugs into her electric current of crazy."

"Those who would follow Haneke on his creepy explorations in "The Piano Teacher" are rewarded by brutal, committed performances from Huppert and Magimel"--Entertainment Weekly.

Meeting Place; both the building and theater are wheelchair accessible: We are going to meet in new private theater downtown to which Jane has access (seats up to about 15, projector, stadium style seating).

THE MAIN THING YOU NEED TO DO IS TO GET TO THE INTERSECTION OF 6th AVE NO. AND CHURCH ST--SEE MORE BELOW

Parking is available across the street in the Main Public Library parking lot on 6th Ave No., a half block down from intersection of 6Th & Church.
Parking also might be available on 5th or 6th but the library is a sure thing!

*****Anyone taking MTA , to come downtown, take #7; it stops at Church & 9th Ave. No. (after Lifeway announcement) or main station about 3 short blocks away; and going home, the #7 stops about 2 blocks up on 6th Ave. No. The #3 also stops at the main station if you are coming downtown; and right across the street on 6th Ave. going back towards West End. *****

Jane will be in the lobby to greet you or you can buzz the concierge. Her cell number is [masked] in case you need directions.

***Coffee and conversation in the very cozy lounge before the movie.****

Derek's Additional Directions:

If this will be your first visit, the most important thing is plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early and give yourself plenty of time to find a parking space (I recommend the library too) and find the building.

Also, print these directions or be able to access them from your phone.

The Private Theater is in The Cumberland at 555 Church Street at the corner of 6th and Church. On the other corner of 6th and Church on the same side of the street is the Nashville Public Library. On the other side of The Cumberland is a UPS Store, then Quizno's Subs, then McKendree United Methodist Church at 523 Church. Subway is directly across the street from The Cumberland facing it.

You go through 2 sets of double doors when entering The Cumberland. The 2nd set of double doors is straight ahead. You can Press 6# for the Concierge Desk for either set of doors that are usually locked.

After going through the 2nd set of double doors, walk straight ahead until you can't walk further. You will pass the Club room/lounge on your right where everyone may be if you arrive early enough.

If you don't see them, then turn to your left where the hall dead ends at the[masked] sign. Then, at the Storage Room door sign - go to your right. You will pass the exercise room.

You'll see the Media Center door straight ahead. That's it. Go through that door and then you'll go through another door that says Media Center. There are also restrooms there.

Again, print these directions or be able to access them if you are going for the first time.

Thanks and have a great time!



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  • jane d.

    Yes, it was a disturbing film. If only one could give one's brain a good bath after seeing that!

    March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought at first, “French Film, piano, drama…what could be better?” I think I was thinking of a different film with the same title (the WWII film). To sum it up in two words: disturbingly shocking. I missed the beginning, but I suspect the emphasis then was on the life of an accomplished, cultured, strict disciplinarian who demanded perfection from her students (the scene where her student’s range wasn’t broad enough and should have included pianissimo to fortissimo in the flawless interpretation), so as to then shock and surprise the audience with her divergent, double life. The stark contrast of how somebody with her qualities could possess such a deviant, deranged, dark side, violating all norms and mores, definitely had shock value. I think I was temporarily, mildly-scarred after viewing this one.

    March 4, 2013

  • jane d.

    Thanks to those who brought food and wine! As for the movie....OMG. Intriguing discussion, however.

    1 · March 1, 2013

    • Kevin

      I would have liked to been there for the discussion. Other films directed by Haneke you might consider include Cache and Code Unknown.

      March 1, 2013

  • Elizabeth

    Was hoping to attend. Enjoyed last week.

    March 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can make it afterall!

    March 1, 2013

  • jane d.

    Co-members or members or French group

    March 1, 2013

  • jane d.

    Please update your RSVP if the weather is a problem for you. I live here, so it's fine for me!!!

    March 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am still planning to come.

      March 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hate to miss this one, but I have unexpected company coming tonight

    March 1, 2013

  • Kevin

    Brutal and subversive like all of Haneke's films. I would say enjoy, but like Amour, it just not that kind of movie.

    February 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be a tad bit late because my shift ends right at 7:00 p.m. , but I will still be there. Thanks.

    February 26, 2013

  • Lora

    I made other plans now. :-(

    February 26, 2013

  • Ruth

    My plans have changed so wanted to let you know to release two spots - have fun and I look forward to the next one!

    February 26, 2013

  • Zan B.

    Just FYI for everyone, please be aware that this film is unrated, but would be NC-17 (for a couple of scenes) if it was.

    February 24, 2013

  • Pamela

    Is there a waiting list set up for this one?

    February 19, 2013

  • Zan B.

    This was a devastating film for me, but the opportunity to discuss it with others is overcoming my hesitation to see it again.

    February 18, 2013

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