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Loc: Virginia, USA
Movies with piano tuners as major characters must be rare. I've never actually seen one.
But today I came across one channel surfing. The Unleashed, starring Morgan Freeman as the blind piano tuner who befriends Jet Li, martial arts assassin.
In his first scene Morgan walks into a room full of pianos that are impressively far out of tune "this is going to take me a couple of hours." Hee, hee. Morgan stands behind an upright holding his hammer while Jet Li plays a key needing tuning.
I don't know how it ends, the family commandeered the TV to watch The View.
Loc: Philadelphia area
Bob, Very funny. Thanks.
"Imagine it in all its primatic colorings, its counterpart in our souls - our souls that are great pianos whose strings, of honey and of steel, the divisions of the rainbow set twanging, loosing on the air great novels of adventure!" - William Carlos Williams
Although this interview film does not play out like a movie, it has some golden nuggets about tuning for Glenn Gould:
Here's part 2:
Seems like it could be made into a small movie about a tuner's life (coming of age, military service, etc.) and then his more revealing "behind-the-scenes" view of great 20th century pianists who are now idolized.
Loc: Vancouver B.C. Canada
Two weeks ago I had a little crew in my shop. They are filming a short film for a film festival. They had one actor tuning a Steinway upright and later regulating a Steinway grand and some dialogue between an actor (the Boss) and the tuner (the apprentice) I know later that week they were going to be filming at a local theatre. The actor struggled with getting a unison in.
I look forward to seeing the finished project.
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