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Pianomania (2011)



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"The tone isn't breathing." - complains pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, distraught. This is a typical sentence in Steinway & Sons' chief technician and Master Tuner Stefan Knüpfer's normal work day. Each piano has its own personality, each piece demands its own timbre, and every interpretation has a particular temperament. Pianomania takes the viewer along on a humorous journey into the secret world of sounds, and accompanies Stefan Knüpfer at his unusual job with world famous pianists like Lang Lang, Alfred Brendel, Rudolf Buchbinder and Pierre-Laurent Aimand, among others. To find the right instrument with the necessary qualities, compatible with the vision of the virtuoso, to tune it to perfection and finally to get it on the stage, needs nerves of steel, boundless passion, and the extraordinary competence in translating words into sounds. -- (C) Official Sitemore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: Robert Cibis, Lilian Franck
In Theaters:
Box Office: $47.1k
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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (10)

Pianomania is the thoroughly apt title for a thoroughly enjoyable documentary about Stefan Knupfer, the chief technician and master tuner for Steinway & Sons

Full Review… | November 4, 2011
Christian Science Monitor
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It has a pleasing smallness -- it's cinematic chamber music -- that almost makes you overlook its inability to really explain its subject.

Full Review… | November 4, 2011
New York Post
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Mr. Knüpfer makes engaging company both because he keeps enviable company and because he's a full-on geek, though one possessed by pianos.

Full Review… | November 3, 2011
New York Times
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All those months spent following Knüpfer pay off in this crisis, because the filmmakers have complete access to the most sensitive artistic discussions.

Full Review… | November 3, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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Directors Lilian Franck and Robert Cibis fail to plumb their subject's frustrations or any other insightful biographical details.

Full Review… | November 1, 2011
Village Voice
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When sitting through this detail-heavy documentary, nonaficionados may feel like they're watching paint dry, albeit in the company of an artist who savors each and every shade.

Full Review… | November 1, 2011
Time Out
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