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(1993)

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Despite winning an Oscar at a young age, Anna Paquin admitted to David Letterman in 2009 that she recently watched the film for the first time.
Holly Hunter played most of the piano sequences herself.
The last movie Nirvana Frontman Kurt Cobain watched before he died.
Cinematographer Stuart Dryburgh was the only man to receive an Oscar nomination for his work in this film. All the other nominations (7) were given to women (screenwriter and director Jane Campion, producer Jan Chapman, costume designer Janet Patterson, editor Veronika Jenet and actresses Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin a rare feat.
Jane Campion became the first woman to win the prestigious Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival with this film, though she was unable to receive the award in person as she was due to give birth.
Picked by Entertainment Weekly magazine as one of the "50 Greatest Independent Films" in a special supplement devoted to independent films that was only distributed to subscribers in November 1997.
The play performed in the movie is an adaptation of "Bluebeard", which is a French fairy tale recorded by Charles Perrault about a man who marries, kills his wives after they fail a test, stashes their bodies in a small chamber, then marries again. In the original story, the main character (Bluebeard's current wife) escapes her psychopathic husband and finds happiness elsewhere.
Before deciding on Holly Hunter, Jane Campion met with several actresses in England, France and the US for the role of Ada. Among the actresses she considered were Sigourney Weaver, Anjelica Huston, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Isabelle Huppert, Juliette Binoche and Madeleine Stowe.

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