You might not think there is all that much to say about piano tuning, but Pianomania will convince you otherwise.
| Original Score: 7/10
Pianomania is the thoroughly apt title for a thoroughly enjoyable documentary about Stefan Knupfer, the chief technician and master tuner for Steinway & Sons
It has a pleasing smallness -- it's cinematic chamber music -- that almost makes you overlook its inability to really explain its subject.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
An amazing glimpse into the rarefied realm of elite musicians, giving audiences a fly-on-the wall perspective to which not even devoted patrons of classical music are often privileged.
Mr. Knüpfer makes engaging company both because he keeps enviable company and because he's a full-on geek, though one possessed by pianos.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
All those months spent following Knüpfer pay off in this crisis, because the filmmakers have complete access to the most sensitive artistic discussions.
Directors Lilian Franck and Robert Cibis fail to plumb their subject's frustrations or any other insightful biographical details.
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
There's a eunuch's melancholy beyond Stefan Knüpfer's humble expertise that might ultimately be the root of his trade.
| Original Score: 3/4
A solid, workmanlike look at a profession (piano technician) never before covered in the cinema.
| Original Score: B
A too-dry approach and a lack of actual music renders this documentary strictly for nerds obsessed with the keyboard.
"Pianomania" is at times engaging but ultimately frustrating; you keep thinking that there's a better documentary nearby, just behind another door.
You don't need to be knowledgeable about classical music to savor Pianomania any more than you need to know about Donkey Kong to enjoy TheKing of Kong.
I imagine what makes Knüpfer such a talent is his extrasensory grasp of what each musician needs for each piece and piano. He trusts he can locate that abstract perfect disappearing, and, eventually, so do we.
The unflappable perfectionist works tirelessly to make the tiniest adjustments in tone and shading and he's good company.
[Highlights] the curious relationship that exists between pianist and tuner, and provides a new appreciation of just how much work goes into creating each note.
| Original Score: 3/5
Delightfully esoteric doc about Steinway's piano-tuner-in-chief, Stefan Knupfer, and his selfless quest for perfect sound.
Pianomania has a likeable subject and offers a fascinating insight into the perfectionism involved in piano tuning...
A captivating film not just for pianomaniacs.
Ninety-three minutes pass like a bar of the "Minute Waltz."