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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.
Mr. Knüpfer makes engaging company both because he keeps enviable company and because he's a full-on geek, though one possessed by pianos.
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.
To enjoy this film, one has to care about everything-piano
You might not think there is all that much to say about piano tuning, but Pianomania will convince you otherwise.
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.
There's a eunuch's melancholy beyond Stefan Knüpfer's humble expertise that might ultimately be the root of his trade.
A solid, workmanlike look at a profession (piano technician) never before covered in the cinema.
A too-dry approach and a lack of actual music renders this documentary strictly for nerds obsessed with the keyboard.
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