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The Piano Teacher ()

La pianiste (original title)
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A young man romantically pursues his masochistic piano teacher.

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  • Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 18 wins & 21 nominations.
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Erika Kohut
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The Mother
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Walter Klemmer
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Mrs. Schober
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Dr. George Blonskij
Anna Sigalevitch ...
Anna Schober
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Mme Gerda Blonskij
Thomas Weinhappel ...
Baritone
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Man in drive-in
Philipp Heiss ...
Naprawnik
William Mang ...
Teacher
Rudolf Melichar ...
Director
Michael Schottenberg ...
Teacher
Gabriele Schuchter ...
Margot
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Singing teacher
Volker Waldegg ...
Teacher
Martina Resetarits ...
Teacher
Annemarie Schleinzer ...
Teacher
Karoline Zeisler ...
Teacher
Liliana Nelska ...
Secretary
Luz Leskowitz ...
Violinist
Viktor Teuflmayr ...
Pianist
Viviane Bartsch ...
Woman in drive-in (as Vivian Bartsch)
Florian Koban ...
Pupil
Thomas Auner ...
Haydn pianist
Andreas Donat ...
Chopin Pianist
Gerti Drassl
Klaus Händl
Erika Kollmann-Till ...
(as Erika Kollmann)
Nina Kripas
Esther Pils
Petra Reichel
Arbesi Sufi
Marcus Zeuner
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Man Listening to Concert (uncredited)
Noam Morgensztern ...
The first pupil (uncredited) (voice)
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Sex shop girl (uncredited)
Vitus Wieser ...
Klemmer's Friend (uncredited)

Directed by

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Michael Haneke

Written by

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Michael Haneke ... ()
 
Elfriede Jelinek ... (novel)

Produced by

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Yvon Crenn ... executive producer
Christine Gozlan ... executive producer
Veit Heiduschka ... producer
Michael Katz ... executive producer

Cinematography by

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Christian Berger

Film Editing by

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Nadine Muse
Monika Willi

Editorial Department

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Yannick Coutheron ... assistant editor
Alarich Lenz ... assistant editor
Monica Parisini ... assistant editor
Franz Rabl ... color timer
Gabriele Sikuta ... negative cutter

Casting By

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Kris Portier de Bellair
Markus Schleinzer

Production Design by

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Christoph Kanter

Set Decoration by

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Hans Wagner

Costume Design by

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Annette Beaufays

Makeup Department

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Françoise Andrejka ... makeup artist
Fabienne Bressan ... hair stylist
Ellen Just ... makeup artist
Thi-Loan Nguyen ... key makeup artist
Michaela Payer ... special makeup effects artist (as Michaela Oppl)
Waldemar Pokromski ... special makeup effects artist

Production Management

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Roman Haschberger ... unit production manager
Michael Katz ... production manager
Nathalie Kreuther ... executive in charge of production
Gebhard Zupan ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Katharina Biró ... assistant director
Fritz Noltmann ... assistant director
Hanus Polak Jr. ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Gerhard Dohr ... construction crew
Peter Dörflinger ... construction crew
Peter Ecker ... props
Katrin Huber ... property master
Fritz Martan ... construction coordinator
Hannes Salat ... props
Peter Wenhardt ... scenic artist

Sound Department

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Pascal Chauvin ... foley artist
Pascal Dedeye ... assistant foley artist
Othmar Eichinger ... sound playback operator
Dominique Eyraud ... boom operator
Jean-Pierre Laforce ... sound mixer
Nadine Muse ... sound editor
Guillaume Sciama ... sound

Special Effects by

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László Kovács ... special effects coordinator
Hans Wagner ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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Geoffrey Kleindorfer ... visual effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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Rainer Barta ... electrician
Stefan Biebl ... Steadicam operator (as Stefan Bibl)
Petro Domenigg ... still photographer
Peter Drittenpreis ... assistant Steadicam operator
Katharina Frank ... second assistant camera
Gerald Helf ... first assistant camera
Regina Höllbacher ... second assistant camera
Bernhard Pötscher ... first assistant camera
Harald Staudach ... assistant Steadicam operator
Reinhard Vince ... electrician
Wolfgang Vince ... gaffer
Jörg Widmer ... Steadicam operator
Oliver Schneider ... remote head operator (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Carmen Loley ... casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Brigitta Fink ... costumer (as Brigitte Fink)
Tongi Liu ... wardrobe

Location Management

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Roman Haschberger ... location manager

Transportation Department

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Thomas Messer ... property driver

Other crew

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Eva Jürgens ... production trainee
Andreas Kispert ... set manager
Ulrike Lässer ... production coordinator

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Erika Kohut is a pianist, teaching music. Schubert and Schumann are her forte, but she's not quite at concert level. She's approaching middle age, living with her mother who is domineering then submissive; Erika is a victim then combative. With her students she is severe. She visits a sex shop to watch DVDs; she walks a drive-in theater to stare at couples having sex. Walter is a self-assured student with some musical talent; he auditions for her class and is forthright in his attraction to her. She responds coldly then demands he let her lead. Next she changes the game with a letter, inviting him into her fantasies. How will he respond; how does sex have power over our other faculties? Written by

Plot Keywords
Taglines Perversion at its wicked best! See more »
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Additional Details

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Also Known As
  • Die Klavierspielerin (Austria)
  • La Pianiste (France)
  • Die Klavierspielerin (Germany)
  • Pianist (Japan, English title)
  • The Piano Teacher (United States)
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Runtime
  • 131 min
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Box Office

Budget ATS70,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Isabelle Huppert really played the piano in the film. She had studied piano for 12 years. As preparation for her role as a piano teacher, she resumed practicing a year before the film was started. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2003). See more »
Soundtracks Piano Sonata in A Major, D.959 See more »
Quotes [first lines]
The Mother: Good evening, child.
Erika Kohut: Evening, mama.
The Mother: [sarcastically] Home already? I'm so happy.
Erika Kohut: I'm going.
The Mother: Not so fast.
Erika Kohut: Please. Leave me be. I'm tired.
The Mother: I can quite believe it. Your last pupil left 3 hours ago. Might I know where you've been all this time?
Erika Kohut: [trying to go to her room] Please.
The Mother: No, you don't. Not until you tell me.
Erika Kohut: I went for a walk. Do you mind? I spent 8 hours in my cage. I was tired and needed some air.
The Mother: For 3 hours?
Erika Kohut: Absolutely.
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