The Piano Teacher Film Still

The Piano Teacher

Michael Haneke

The Piano Teacher (Criterion Blu-Ray)

26 Sep 2017


1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • France
  • 2001
  • 130 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • French
  • Spine #894

Academy Award–winning Austrian director Michael Haneke shifted his focus from the social to the psychological for this riveting study of female sexuality and the dynamics of control, an adaptation of a controversial 1983 novel by Elfriede Jelinek. Haneke finds his match in Isabelle Huppert, who delivers an icy but quietly seething performance as Erika, a middle-aged piano professor at a Viennese conservatory who lives with her mother, in a claustrophobically codependent relationship. Severely repressed, she satisfies her masochistic urges only voyeuristically until she meets Walter (Benoît Magimel), a young student whose desire for Erika leads to a destructive infatuation that upsets the careful equilibrium of her life. A critical breakthrough for Haneke, The Piano Teacher—which won the Grand Prix as well as dual acting awards for its stars at Cannes—is a formalist masterwork that remains a shocking sensation.


Erika KohutIsabelle Huppert
The motherAnnie Girardot
Walter KlemmerBenoît Magimel
Mrs. SchoberSusanne Lothar
Dr. George BlonskiUdo Samel
Anna SigalevitchAnna Schober
Cornelia KöndgenGerda Blonski


DirectorMichael Haneke
Executive producersYvon Crenn and Michael Katz
Produced byVeit Heiduschka, Marin Karmitz and Alain Sarde
Screenplay byMichael Haneke
Adapted from the novel byElfriede Jelinek
Director of photographyChristian Berger
Edited byNadine Muse and Mona Willi

Disc Features


  • New, restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by director Michael Haneke, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with Haneke
  • New interview with actor Isabelle Huppert
  • Selected-scene commentary from 2002 featuring Huppert
  • Behind-the-scenes footage of a postsync session for the film featuring Haneke and Huppert
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by scholar Moira Weigel

    New cover by F. Ron Miller

Other Editions

The Piano Teacher (Criterion DVD)

26 Sep 2017


2 Discs

SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96


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