Pianomania (2011)

"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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 24, 2011
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

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

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

All those months spent following Knüpfer pay off in this crisis, because the filmmakers have complete access to the most sensitive artistic discussions.

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Sarah Boslaugh

You might not think there is all that much to say about piano tuning, but Pianomania will convince you otherwise.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

It has a pleasing smallness -- it's cinematic chamber music -- that almost makes you overlook its inability to really explain its subject.

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Brian Miller
Village Voice

Directors Lilian Franck and Robert Cibis fail to plumb their subject's frustrations or any other insightful biographical details.

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Jennifer Merin

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.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

Mr. Knüpfer makes engaging company both because he keeps enviable company and because he's a full-on geek, though one possessed by pianos.

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Sam Adams
Time Out

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.

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Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

There's a eunuch's melancholy beyond Stefan Knüpfer's humble expertise that might ultimately be the root of his trade.

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