A diabolical inventor (Gottfried John) murders, then resurrects, a famous opera singer (Amira Casar) and plans to have her perform in a piece of his own composition.
" ... those who can surrender to the Quays' poetic logic will find "The Piano Tuner" to be nothing short of a masterpiece. "
" A finely crafted horror film with a devious storyline and hauntingly beautiful production design that together are the stuff of nightmares. "
" As in most of the Quays' fantasias, the narrative is oblique and slow moving but the florid visuals are rife with sexual and psychological overtones. "
" It is a bold step into a mainstream realm for its ancient fablelike theme, agile storytelling, magnificent design and sure grasp of long-form narrative structure. "
" Mainstream audiences will be put off by the lack of a straightforward narrative, but adventurous moviegoers will find pleasure in the hypnotic originality of the images. "
" Stephen and Timothy Quay merge live-action and animation to create a tragic fantasy about a beautiful opera singer, a lovesick piano tuner and the mad scientist with plans for both of them. "
" That something as elusive as this gothicized, imagist romance from the curious Quay brothers should be considered their most accessible film might be considered odd. But so might they. "
" The whole movie feels filmed through the wrong end of a stereopticon: stiff, fascinating, riddled with secrets it doesn't care to divulge. "
" There's much here to enjoy. "
" What the movie lacks in acting and coherence, it more than makes up for through imagery. "
" However much The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes wants to haunt your dreams, it has a better chance of production-designing you to death. "
" It's a hauntingly effective, poetic mood piece but an exasperating drama. "
" It's probably best to approach the Quay Brothers' dreamlike fantasy (which they call 'poetic science-fiction') with the understanding that you'll never quite know what's going on. "
" This opaque tale offers meticulously crafted atmosphere, but rather less passion or drama. "
" What we are seeing is the most rational irrationality-and all sheer artifice anyway. "
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