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#2136558 - 08/21/13 11:27 AM Movies about piano tuners
TimR Offline
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Registered: 08/17/04
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Movies with piano tuners as major characters must be rare. I've never actually seen one.

But today I came across one channel surfing. The Unleashed, starring Morgan Freeman as the blind piano tuner who befriends Jet Li, martial arts assassin.

In his first scene Morgan walks into a room full of pianos that are impressively far out of tune "this is going to take me a couple of hours." Hee, hee. Morgan stands behind an upright holding his hammer while Jet Li plays a key needing tuning.

I don't know how it ends, the family commandeered the TV to watch The View.
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#2136656 - 08/21/13 03:04 PM Re: Movies about piano tuners [Re: TimR]
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Have seen this [the Morgan Freeman film]. It is pretty good.

Here is the oldest that I've been able to find. ca.1921. From the silent era, "Tuning up." Main character is Bud the piano tuner.

http://pianotechno.blogspot.com/


Edited by bkw58 (08/22/13 12:21 PM)
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#2136711 - 08/21/13 04:58 PM Re: Movies about piano tuners [Re: TimR]
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Bob, Very funny. Thanks.

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#2136771 - 08/21/13 06:56 PM Re: Movies about piano tuners [Re: TimR]
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The silence before Bach has some scenes with pianos and tunners!!
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#2136776 - 08/21/13 07:05 PM Re: Movies about piano tuners [Re: TimR]
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Are one of you fine tooners planning to provide a sound track?

Plinkingly,
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#2136832 - 08/21/13 10:03 PM Re: Movies about piano tuners [Re: TimR]
Lluís Offline
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLCb_kJG3mE ! Minute 03.00 to 10.00 scene of a tunner in a movie!
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#2136874 - 08/22/13 12:14 AM Re: Movies about piano tuners [Re: TimR]
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Here's one of my favorites:
http://www.youtube.com/watc h?v=8xK9Y1GrfF4
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#2136877 - 08/22/13 12:19 AM Re: Movies about piano tuners [Re: TimR]
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There was the truly bizarre movie "The Piano Tuner of EarthQuakes." There was a piano tuner in the movie but instead of working on pianos he worked on some strange automatons.
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#2137124 - 08/22/13 12:11 PM Re: Movies about piano tuners [Re: TimR]
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Max posted this one a few weeks ago. It's a great short:

http://youtu.be/wTj9WPrxSXE
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#2137149 - 08/22/13 12:48 PM Re: Movies about piano tuners [Re: TimR]
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Although this interview film does not play out like a movie, it has some golden nuggets about tuning for Glenn Gould:



Here's part 2:



Seems like it could be made into a small movie about a tuner's life (coming of age, military service, etc.) and then his more revealing "behind-the-scenes" view of great 20th century pianists who are now idolized.

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#2137150 - 08/22/13 12:48 PM Re: Movies about piano tuners [Re: TimR]
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Another short film. L'accordeur. French with English subtitles. Hitchcockian. [L]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz3jDPpYk-Q


Edited by bkw58 (08/22/13 12:51 PM)
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#2138942 - 08/25/13 07:03 PM Re: Movies about piano tuners [Re: TimR]
Rod Verhnjak Offline
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Registered: 04/09/06
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Loc: Vancouver B.C. Canada
Two weeks ago I had a little crew in my shop. They are filming a short film for a film festival.
They had one actor tuning a Steinway upright and later regulating a Steinway grand
and some dialogue between an actor (the Boss) and the tuner (the apprentice)
I know later that week they were going to be filming at a local theatre.
The actor struggled with getting a unison in. smile

I look forward to seeing the finished project.
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#2138952 - 08/25/13 07:50 PM Re: Movies about piano tuners [Re: TimR]
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I once had the "privilege" of being the piano expert for a pilot "reality" pawn shop show.

Though I know pianos and was called on to help with the script (reality mind you from a script)the rest were actors and the story pure fiction.

Regardless, it was quite an experience and I made the cut. Any chance of seeing your swing through fame?
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#2139620 - 08/27/13 11:13 AM Re: Movies about piano tuners [Re: TimR]
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The movie "Pianomania" which is on Netflix is absolutely astonishing. Quite a few tuning scenes and a lot of regulation scenes. Interesting movie. Check it out smile
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#2164576 - 10/10/13 07:07 PM Re: Movies about piano tuners [Re: TimR]
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Edited by bkw58 (10/11/13 02:16 AM)
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#2203529 - 12/27/13 11:27 AM Re: Movies about piano tuners [Re: TimR]
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Jack Benny plays Piano Tuner Sheldon Weeks: GE Theater The Honest Man (1956)

LINK:

Jack Benny plays Piano Tuner (1956)


In one of the opening scenes, Jack Benny's character, piano tuner Sheldon Weeks, services the piano of an unseen, off-screen character who sounds exactly like Liberace when he speaks.

Director: Frank Tashlin
Writers: Richard Pedicini (story), Frank Tashlin
Stars: Jack Benny, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Charles Bronson
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