February 4, 2016
I viewed the film “The Piano” for the second, third, and fourth time. The film soars as art. It lifts us into a rarified place and connects us to our best selves.
I write love stories. “The Piano” is a haunting, erotic, love story, perhaps the most unusual love story I have ever seen. And in the most unusual setting.
Most of you have seen the film. Here is a fact to think about: Jane Campion (the film’s writer/director) wanted a different ending. She wanted Ada to go into the ocean along with the piano and stay there. The entire film would have fallen short and felt incomplete. Ada was indomitable, a brave and strong, independent woman. She was entitled to her suicidal moment, but she brought herself out of it. The ending with that image of the silver fingertip is undeletable. Ada prevailed. The existing ending is far superior to suicide.
The credits at the end of the film list four editors.!!!! I take my hat off to them for the proper ending.
I have only one editor for my writings, but I think she does the work of four. A Herculean feat on my current project: THE ROMANTIC IMPERATIVE.
From Wikipedia: The Piano is a 1993 New Zealand drama film about a mute piano player and her daughter. Set during the mid-19th century in a rainy, muddy frontier backwater town on the west coast of New Zealand, it revolves around the piano player's passion for playing the piano and her efforts to regain her piano after it is sold. with the French company Ciby 2000.
The Piano was a success both critically and commercially, grossing $140 million worldwide against its $7 million budget. Hunter and Paquin both received high praise for their respective roles as Ada McGrath and Flora McGrath. In 1993 the film won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Subsequently in March 1994, The Piano won 3 Academy Awards out of 8 total nominations: Best Actress for Hunter, Best Supporting Actress for Paquin, and Best Original Screenplay for Campion.