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El pianista (1998)

 |  Drama  |  19 March 1999 (Spain)
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Old friends meet after sixty years ... but everything has changed.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mercè Arànega ...
Luisa
Nadala Batiste ...
Teresa mayor
Damià Barbany ...
Presentador
Dorotea Bárcena ...
Ramona Baquero
Conxita Bardem ...
Sra. Carmeta
Jordi Boixaderas ...
Toni Fisas
Lluïsa Castell ...
Irene (as Lluisa Castell)
Xan Cejudo ...
Ramón Baquero
Joan Dalmau ...
Oviedo
Xavier Deluc ...
Larsen
Pedro Entrena ...
Paul
Adolfo Fernández ...
Ventura
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Teresa 20 / 30 años
Víctor Guillén ...
Hombre batín
Duna Jové ...
Magda
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A famous composer and conductor, Luis Doria is in present-day Barcelona, and after a performance he is persuaded to go to a drag club to relax. It's seedy and horrible, but he is suddenly transfixed when he realises that the pianist is the gifted Alberto Rossel, a close friend from before the Spanish Civil War. The film then flashes back to 1946, when Rossel has just been released from prison, having been captured at the outset by Franco's fascist forces. He is withdrawn and friendless, but his neighbours soon befriend him for his ability with the piano, and despite his classical musical interests, he manages to bang out a boogie for them to dance to. Earlier, in pre-war Paris, we see the development of the friendship between Rossel and Doria, and of romance with Teresa. We see that in those days, the young Rossel was dedicated to his music and to noble sentiments, while Doria is dedicated only to pleasure and to himself. As tension in Spain mounts, culminating in the military ... Written by Hazel Freeman <hazel.freeman@ntlworld.com>

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Somehow interesting, but lacks originality
8 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

Given that the film deals with two possible roads that the life of an artist can take -based on his attitude towards the political environment- the possibilities of a great plot were immense... El pianista has interesting characters and could have built them in a deeper and more consistent way, but instead, they spent too much time mounting a parody in Paris or a "Felliniesque" encounter at a roof in Barcelona. These wasted times didn't allow the main plot to fully develop.


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