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#2064668 - 04/14/13 08:38 PM Re: Greatest piano movie or piano scene of all time [Re: Alex Hernandez]
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Those are all great, here's a few more:

Futurama, when Bender is drifting in space: He pulls a small grand out of his chest and plays Chopin Polonaise in C-Sharp Minor, Op. 26, No. 1.

The Portrait of Dorian Gray, someone goes into a dive in some place at the seaside and someones playing a Chopin etude (prelude maybe I can't remember).

Arthur, when Dudley Moore's character is entertaining his guests at his birthday party. He was a very fabulous pianist.

And anything with the Marx Bros.

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#2064670 - 04/14/13 08:42 PM Re: Greatest piano movie or piano scene of all time [Re: Alex Hernandez]
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There's a movie with the late great John Ritter, I can't remember what the name is. While he's playing a piano, the girl he was playing for lights a match and throws it into the piano and he keeps trying to play while it goes up in flames. Tragic, but funny.

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#2064720 - 04/14/13 11:33 PM Re: Greatest piano movie or piano scene of all time [Re: Alex Hernandez]
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There was a movie released in 1978 called "Fingers". It starred Harvey Keitel as a virtuoso pianist who also has a job collecting debts for his loan shark father. His musical inclinations come from his mother, who is unfortunately in a mental institution now. A very good performance of Bach's Toccata in D minor recurs throughout the film.

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#2064873 - 04/15/13 09:20 AM Re: Greatest piano movie or piano scene of all time [Re: James Scott]
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Originally Posted By: James Scott
The Portrait of Dorian Gray, someone goes into a dive in some place at the seaside and someones playing a Chopin etude (prelude maybe I can't remember).

It's a prelude, and it's important because at the relative beginning of the movie, Dorian Gray plays it for Sybil Vane; and in the later part of the movie it's her brother James who recognizes the piece.

NB: I'm talking about the old Dorian Gray movie.
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#2065278 - 04/16/13 12:45 AM Re: Greatest piano movie or piano scene of all time [Re: Alex Hernandez]
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I know it was already said, but this is my favorite too:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XsWI9EEric

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#2065358 - 04/16/13 05:49 AM Re: Greatest piano movie or piano scene of all time [Re: Alex Hernandez]
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#2065499 - 04/16/13 12:08 PM Re: Greatest piano movie or piano scene of all time [Re: Alex Hernandez]
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Pardon if this has already been said (and even if it has been, it deserves to be said again).... ha

Song to Remember, Chopin movie, when Chopin hadn't yet been accepted into 'music society,' Liszt asks the lights to be turned down before he starts playing Chopin's 2nd Scherzo -- and when the lights come back on, they've traded places and it's Chopin playing.

I don't care at all that this never really happened. grin

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#2065641 - 04/16/13 05:13 PM Re: Greatest piano movie or piano scene of all time [Re: Alex Hernandez]
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I wouldn't say that this is "the greatest" piano scene, but I don't think it's been mentioned, and it's quite lovely if you can get around the somewhat morally suspect followup:

That scene in the movie "Blade Runner" where Deckard (Harrison Ford) falls asleep beat up and drunk, and groggily awakens to find Rachel (Sean Young), letting down her hair and trying to see if she "remembers" how to play the piano. I like how the simple music, and single notes, she plays elides into the Vangelis soundtrack.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjO8wsjPqbg



Edited by Brad Hoehne (04/16/13 05:17 PM)
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#2065644 - 04/16/13 05:19 PM Re: Greatest piano movie or piano scene of all time [Re: Robert H]
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Originally Posted By: Robert H
Hi all,

This one is not specifically a piano movie,... but it's a must see movie!! The King of Kong!



I love that movie!

It makes me consider "Piano Documentaries" as well as fiction films. I love this scene from 'The art of the Piano" where Glenn Gould practices in his country home. He gets up in the middle of a phrase, thinks about the phrase at the window, and then sits back down and continues where the piece would be had he not stopped playing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qB76jxBq_gQ


Edited by Brad Hoehne (04/16/13 05:32 PM)
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#2065925 - 04/17/13 09:28 AM Re: Greatest piano movie or piano scene of all time [Re: Alex Hernandez]
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Not the "greatest," perhaps (though three of these are among my favorite movies of all time), but a few more that spring to mind (sorry if any were mentioned before):

Schindler's List, where the SS are combing through an apartment building looking for Jews hiding in the walls and one of them sits down at an upright piano amid all of the gunfire and mayhem to play a jaunty Bach piece.

Silence of the Lambs, where Hannibal Lecter calmly butchers his prison guards while the Goldberg Variations play on a tape recorder in his cell.

Gattaca, where a pianist plays an "enhanced" impromptu by Schubert that requires six fingers on each hand. The mind reels imagining what the great composers could have done with a bit of imaginative genetic engineering.

There's a scene in This is Spinal Tap where Nigel plays a haunting tune of his own composition, in D minor, the "saddest of all keys," talking about how Bach and Mozart are his big influences. When asked the title of his piece, he says "It's called Lick My Love Pump."

Ray Charles has an unforgettable cameo in the Blues Brothers as the proprietor of a music store who demonstrates that an old electric piano still has some life in it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cnzuI4fsMs

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#2065936 - 04/17/13 09:57 AM Re: Greatest piano movie or piano scene of all time [Re: twitchypinkies]
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Great picks twitchy.
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#2164023 - 10/09/13 05:02 PM Re: Greatest piano movie or piano scene of all time [Re: Alex Hernandez]
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I watched "Secret" on Netflix streaming last night. It's about 2 Chinese piano students who meet under unusual circumstances in music school. Pianos are being played almost continuously and in fact one piano piece figures very (like VERY) strongly in the plot.

It's unusual in that the leading man, Jay Chou, also wrote, directed, and does all his own piano playing in the pic.

I think you'll be pleasantly surprised if you give it a view.
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#2164065 - 10/09/13 06:46 PM Re: Greatest piano movie or piano scene of all time [Re: Alex Hernandez]
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Yet another memory..."The Best Years of Our Lives" when the Harold Russell character, who had lost both hands in the war, played "Chopsticks" with his hooks.
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#2164146 - 10/09/13 09:08 PM Re: Greatest piano movie or piano scene of all time [Re: Alex Hernandez]
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Annitenth, regardless of the piano scene, that is one of the greatest motion pictures ever made. I appreciate you mentioning it on this post. I have the DVD. It was emotional to most WWII vets!
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#2164151 - 10/09/13 09:16 PM Re: Greatest piano movie or piano scene of all time [Re: Alex Hernandez]
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Call me maudlin, but, as I have mentioned before, I still like the Liberace movie, "Sincerely Yours" I recently bought a DVD of "behind The Candelabra" I have owned the book for years. Sordid, but interesting. Liberace was to be noted for his incredible income, not necessarily for intense recreations.
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#2164253 - 10/10/13 02:14 AM Re: Greatest piano movie or piano scene of all time [Re: Alex Hernandez]
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