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Jane Campion (1954 - )

Related: director - woman

Films: In the Cut (2003)


Jane Campion (born April 30, 1954 in Wellington, New Zealand) is a film director. She is one of the most internationally successful New Zealand directors, although she claims not to identify closely with that country, and most of her work has been made in or financed by other countries, principally Australia and the USA. She came to prominence with the Oscar-nominated The Piano (1993) but her subsequent, more experimental and abrasive work has been less popular with the public.

Campion is one of the few successful female directors who can be labelled an auteur, and also one of the few whose work could be called feminist; her films are typically concerned with women in situations of oppression or restriction. However, Campion's work has often been criticised by feminists who are disappointed by Campion's recurrent theme of an oppressed female protagonist finding solace in a domineering male lover. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Campion [Mar 2004]

The Piano (1993) - Jane Campion

    The Piano (1993) - Jane Campion [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
    Jane Campion's The Piano struck a deep chord (if you'll excuse the expression) with audiences in 1993, who were mesmerized by the film's rich, dreamlike imagery. It is the story of a Scottish woman named Ada (Holly Hunter), who has been mute since age 6 because she simply chose not to speak. Ada travels with her daughter Flora (Anna Paquin) and her beloved piano to a remote spot on the coast of New Zealand for an arranged marriage to a farmer (Sam Neill). She gives piano lessons to a gruff neighbor (Harvey Keitel) who has Maori tattoos on his face, and, well, things develop from there. The picture takes on a powerful dream logic that simply defies synopsis. It's a breathtakingly beautiful and original achievement from Campion, a unique stylist. The Piano won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and Oscars for Hunt, Paquin, and Campion's screenplay. --Jim Emerson, Amazon.com

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