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Grand Piano (2013)

R  |   |  Music, Mystery, Thriller  |  25 October 2013 (Spain)
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A pianist with stage fright endures a performance under enemy eyes, who will shoot if a wrong note is played.



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A pianist with stage fright endures a performance under enemy eyes, who will shoot if a wrong note is played.

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Play or Die

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Release Date:

25 October 2013 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Blackmail  »

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$2,964 (USA) (7 March 2014)


$22,353 (USA) (11 April 2014)

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By the beginning of the movie, Tom Selznick (Elijah Wood) is afraid a great catastrophe might fall upon him, despite everyone he speaks to wishing him to "break a leg". The expression is used in theatre to wish a performer "good luck" in an ironic way. And after the catastrophic events of the movie, from which Tom rises with tremendous success, he actually breaks a leg, making the irony of the theatrical wish true. See more »


The words "lieutenant" and "international" are spelled incorrectly as "liutenant" and "internacional" in the end credits. See more »


[last lines]
Tom Selznick: I need to finish this...
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credit roll we hear The Impossible Piece being played while the title shows. See more »


References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »


The Truth About Love
From The Album "Weirder than sex"
Recorded at Estudios Katanga,Vitoria
Composed and performed by Vertigo Surround
Guitars and Lead vocals:Eugenio Mira
Bass:Mihran Yeranosian
Lead Guitar:Bruce German Sanchez Jimenez
Drums:Vincent Teruel
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Suspenseful and thrilling film about a world-class pianist who takes the stage for a highly anticipated comeback performance,
15 July 2014 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

Entertaining suspense movie packs intrigue and ordinary touches in Hitchcock style . Top-notch thriller embroils a famous pianist in killing and twisted intrigue . Having messed up at playing an extremely difficult piano piece a few years before, talented pianist Tom Selznick (Elijah Wood) lives with an extreme case of stage fright . Taking a step in the right direction and talked into it by his up and coming actress wife (Kerry Bishé) , Tom decides to give performing live another try . Already a mess, the situation is made much worse, when in the middle of playing a much easier musical number, Tom discovers a strange note written on his music sheet , the premise is the following : Play or Die .

Ultra-tense Spanish thriller starring Elijah Wood as a concert pianist who moments before his comeback performance suffers from stage fright and to discover that if he fails to play the music precisely as it was written , a nearly impossible feat in this case , then a sniper hidden in the theater will open fire. The picture is realized in Hitch wake , as it has a great number of elements and his own iconography : vertiginous height , innocent man wrongfully chased , blonde bombshells , voyeurism, long non-dialogue sequences , a matter of mistaken identity , MacGuffin ,etc. Do you know what a MacGuffin is, Maestro? It's a person or thing around which the entire film revolves and yet turns out to have little importance to the story . It's a magnificent device whereby a good plot can be given a driving force without the indecency of explanation . Grand Piano (2013), from director Eugenio Mira is an exciting film displaying suspense , intrigue , tension , and interesting drama well written by Damien Chazelle . Packs an ordinary theme of the suspense magician : innocent people become caught up in a cobweb intrigue and uncanny , intelligent villains . From the thrilling story and screenplay including literately and thoughtful dialog , the picture gets unlimited suspense in crescendo , tense , full of lingering frames and with the typical touches Hitchcock . And plenty of MacGuffins , as this picture is heavy with devices . A hidden threat, a hostage, an assistant, an unplayable piece of music, a stage, a key, and the unknown fortune of a deceased mentor .

Enjoyable mystery movie involves a bewildered pianist who hold numerous tricks in order to escape from a cruel killer and being chased cross hall concert and backstage . This agreeable picture by Eugenio Mira has a memorable scene after another and following the steps from master of suspense . This film has these particularities ; furthermore contains a fun intrigue , amusing situations and keeps the action at feverish pitch . Grand Piano is Hitchockian in the truer sense : It's a meticulously crafted piece of filmmaking that's wholly committed to a highly specific , somewhat outlandish premise . In addition , a colorful as well as evocative cinematography by Unax Mendia . Special mention to impressive and rousing musical score by Victor Reyes . The motion picture was well directed by Eugenio Mira (Agnosia , Birthday) and perfectly produced by Rodrigo Cortes (Buried , Red lights) . Mira played these elements like a concert pianist, perfectly timed with a soaring melody. Rating : Above average , well worth watching .

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