Jane Campion's The Piano

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Cambridge University Press, 2000 - Performing Arts - 204 pages
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Jane Campion's The Piano is one of the most unusual love stories in the history of cinema. This volume examines the film from a variety of critical perspectives. In six essays, specially commissioned for this project, an international team of scholars examine topics such as the controversial representation of the Maori, the use of music in the film, the portrayal of the mother-daughter relationship, and the significance of the film in terms of international cinema, the culture of New Zealand, and the work of Jane Campion.
 

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Contents

A STRANGE HERITAGE FROM COLONIZATION TO TRANSFORMATION?
1
Music in The Piano
42
The Last Patriarch
59
The Piano the Animus and Colonial Experience
86
Ebony and Ivory Constructions of Maori in the Piano
114
Foreign Tunes? GENDER AND NATIONALITY IN FOUR COUNTRIES RECEPTION OF THE PIANO
135
Filmography
163
Reviews of The Piano
167
Select Bibliography
191
Index
193
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About the author (2000)

Harriet Margolis has taught film, literature, and women s studies in the US and New Zealand, and has published internationally on these subjects.

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