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The Piano Film Series

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The Piano Film Series

Metro Cinema at the historic Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 Street
Tickets: $10 / $8 AGA & Metro Members, Students and Seniors
Tickets can be purchased through the Metro Cinema Box Office

Metro Cinema and your AGA are partnering together for another exciting film series! The Piano Film Series features critically acclaimed feature-length films that revolve around the subject of the piano. Including such films as The Piano and Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, this series coincides with the exhibition The Piano, and kicks off on Saturday, May 25.

Film Listing

May 25 | Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser | 4 pm |  More information>
June 11 | The Piano | 7 pm |  More information>
July 9 | Shoot the Piano Player | 7 pm | More information>
August 13 | Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould | 7 pm | More information>

The Piano Film Series is the product of a partnership between the Art Gallery of Alberta and Metro Cinema Society.


Thelonious Monk

Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser

A film by Charlotte Zwerin
USA | 90 minutes | 1988

Saturday, May 25, 4 pm
Metro Cinema at the Garneau, 8712 109 Street

Tickets: Special Matinee Pricing $8 / $6 AGA & Metro Members, Students and Seniors
Tickets can be purchased through the Metro Cinema Box Office

This documentary of the late jazz great Thelonius Monk (1917-1982) uses footage taken from 14 hours of European concert performances filmed in 1967-68 by Christian Blackwood. From his childhood in New York City’s San Juan Hill, Monk grew up to become one of the most innovative jazz pianists of all time. Monk ushered in the bebop era of the 1940s and influenced such contemporary greats as Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Interviews with Monk’s manager Harry Colomby and Monk’s son and namesake shed light on the character of the jazz giant. Executive producer Clint Eastwood got the idea for the project while researching the life of Charlie Parker for his film Bird. (Dan Pavlides, Rovi)

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The Piano

The Piano

A film by Jane Campion
New Zealand, Australia and France | 121 minutes | 1993

Tuesday, June 11, 7 pm
Metro Cinema at the Garneau, 8712 109 Street

Tickets: $10 / $8 AGA & Metro Members, Students and Seniors
Tickets can be purchased through the Metro Cinema Box Office
In the third feature film by director/writer Jane Campion, The Piano tells the story of a mute woman (Holly Hunter) and her daughter (Anna Paquin), who are sent to New Zealand for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner (Sam Neill). Set during the mid-19th century, the drama unfolds when the husband gives the wife’s prized piano away to a local worker (Harvey Keitel). The worker makes her an offer to exchange the piano for a series of lessons that quickly turn into sexually charged encounters. Winner of three Academy Awards, including Best Actress awards for Anna Paquin and Holly Hunter.

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Shoot the Piano Player

Shoot the Piano Player

Tirez sur le pianist (original title)
A film by François Truffaut
France | 92 minutes | 1960

Tuesday, July 9, 7 pm
Metro Cinema at the Garneau, 8712 109 Street

Tickets: $10 / $8 AGA & Metro Members, Students and Seniors
Tickets can be purchased through the Metro Cinema Box Office

Shoot the Piano Player, also known as Tirez sur le pianist, is a 1960s French crime drama based on the novel Down There by David Goodis. Directed by François Truffaut, the film is follows a washed-up classical pianist (Charles Aznavour) who takes on a new identity as a piano player in a Parisian dive bar following the suicide of his wife. Things get messy when his brothers become involved with gangsters, and a waitress from the bar (Marie Dubois) starts to take an interest in him.

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Also playing before the feature film:

Getting Started (animated short)
Canada 1979, 12 min, Digital, Dir: Richard Condie

Our hero attempts to practice a piece of music on the piano, but distractions get in the way. When he finally sits down to play, pandemonium breaks loose. A hilarious animated short from the NFB.

Glenn Gould

Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould

A film by François Girard
Canada | 98 minutes | 1993

Tuesday, August 13, 7 pm
Metro Cinema at the Garneau, 8712 109 Street

Tickets: $10 / $8 AGA & Metro Members, Students and Seniors
Tickets can be purchased through the Metro Cinema Box Office

A collection of vignettes highlighting different aspects of the life, work, and character of the acclaimed Canadian classical pianist.

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