Isabelle Huppert in The Piano Teacher

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Abstract

This essay examines Isabelle Huppert’s award-winning performance as Erika Kohut in The Piano Teacher (Haneke 2001). At times subject to a static camera, Huppert’s face is like a study in micro gestures that threaten to betray a body straining to remain in control. At others, framed from behind in wide shot, her mood is equally palpable. From these quiet moments to flashes of intense vulnerability, and her histrionic grimace that concludes the film, I consider what makes Kohut one of Huppert’s greatest performances.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationClose-Up
Subtitle of host publicationGreat Cinematic Performances Volume 2: International
EditorsMurray Pomerance, Kyle Stevens
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Chapter19
Pages217-227
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic) 9781474417044, 9781474417051
ISBN (Print)978-1474417037
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018

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    Taylor, A. (2018). Isabelle Huppert in The Piano Teacher. In M. Pomerance, & K. Stevens (Eds.), Close-Up : Great Cinematic Performances Volume 2: International (pp. 217-227). Edinburgh University Press.