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Pianomania (2009)

Unrated | | Documentary, Music | 4 November 2011 (USA)
Pianomania follows Stefan Knüpfer, a piano tuner from Steinway and his famous clients Lang Lang, Brendel, Buchbinder and Pierre-Laurent Aimard as they search for the perfect pitch. Truly an... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Stephan Knüpfer ...
Himself
Pierre-Laurent Aimard ...
Pianist
...
Pianist
Till Fellner ...
Pianist
Christoph Koller ...
Himself
Alfred Brendel ...
Pianist
Ian Bostridge ...
Tenor
Hyung-Ki Joo ...
Himself (as Richard Hyung-Ki Joo)
Christoph Claßen ...
Himself
Tobias Lehmann ...
Himself
Marita Prohmann ...
Herself
Rudolf Buchbinder ...
Pianist
Aleksey Igudesman ...
Himself
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Pianomania follows Stefan Knüpfer, a piano tuner from Steinway and his famous clients Lang Lang, Brendel, Buchbinder and Pierre-Laurent Aimard as they search for the perfect pitch. Truly an unusual and entertaining peek behind the curtain at the world's great concert halls. Written by Cibis & Franck

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4 November 2011 (USA)  »

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Budget:

€400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,238 (USA) (27 May 2011)

Gross:

$48,349 (USA) (13 January 2012)
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1.85 : 1
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A wonderful documentary about a rather arcane Craft
27 September 2010 | by (France) – See all my reviews

This movie follows Steinway Piano Tuner Stefan Knüpfer around the various assignments of his work. The movie underlines the point that a piano is a complicated, tricky instrument with multiple facettes in the sound that only the skilled tuner can reveal. Mr. Knüpfer is the central funny point in this movie, him being a positive person delighted by his craft, and he is fully apt at conveying this love of his work on screen. My only grudge with this movie is that it focuses at length on the people that play the piano, where I would have expected to see him work, eg. tune the piano. The end credits of the film use many of those image sequences I would really love to see in the main movie.


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