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

In this riveting study of the dynamics of control, Academy Award–winning director Michael Haneke takes on Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek’s controversial 1983 novel about perverse female sexuality and the world of classical music. Haneke finds his match in Isabelle Huppert, who delivers an icy but quietly seething performance as Erika, a 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 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 BlonskijUdo Samel
Anna SchoberAnna Sigalevitch
Gerda BlonskijCornelia Köndgen
BaritoneThomas Weinhappel
Man in drive-inGeorg Friedrich
NaprawnikPhilipp Heiss
TeacherWilliam Mang
DirectorRudolf Melichar
TeacherMichael Schottenberg
MargotGabriele Schuchter
Singing teacherDieter Berner


DirectorMichael Haneke
Executive producersYvon Crenn, Michael Katz and Christine Gozlan
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
Sound byJean-Pierre Laforce and Guillaume Sciama
Costume design byAnnette Beaufaÿs
Set design byChristoph Kanter

Disc Features


  • New, restored high-definition 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 2001 featuring Huppert
  • Behind-the-scenes footage 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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