The Piano

February 2019

This essay is about Jane Campion's 1993 film. I do a very close reading of of two short moments (9 and 6 shots each) that depict the play of power in the film. I talk about the charged positioning of Ada and Stewart, and the way that her silence is a way of carving out autonomy and undermining heteropatriarchal power.

Written for Anna Banks' Film Theory and Criticism.

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