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DVD Review - The Piano

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16th December 2008 - Now for a review of a real New Zealand classic of a film ‘The Piano' which was written and directed by Jane Campion. Its been many years since I've seen this film and as time passes memories fade and you can't help wondering why did this film do so well around the world and pick up 3 Academy Awards? Well then you watch it and your reminded that this really is a strange and beautiful film unlike anything else I've ever seen before.

I’m sure many people remember the Best Supporting Actress acceptance speech from Anna Paquin at the 1994 Academy Awards but how many people really remember that amazing performance she gave as a 10 year old? I sure didn’t. But upon viewing this film again for the first time in maybe 10 years I was pleasantly surprised to see this film again with fresh eyes and to be amazed at its genuine beauty and the 11 year old Paquin deserved that award and the praise she received form it. Also not to mention the film fully deserved its Best Actress Academy Award for Holly Hunter and the award for Best Original Screenplay as it really is a unique love story written by Campion.

The film cost $7 million USD and even now thats a lot of money for a New Zealand film so back in 91, when it was filmed, that was a huge budget but every dollar is up on the screen. The epic quality of the New Zealand scenery has never been so well represented on film as this film achieved. We filmed our digital feature ‘Hidden’ in and around similar areas that ‘The Piano’ was filmed so I know the beauty of the area and the difficulty of the environment to film in so their budget was well I spent I say.  

Has this film stood the test of time? In my book yes and I give it 8 out of 10.

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