Admit it, if you are a piano lover you take special notice when you spot a piano in a movie whether it is front and center or hidden away in the corner of a room. Even when a piano is not the focus of the film or even of the shot it appears in, you find yourself leaning forward to get a better look and see if you can read the name on the fallboard.
Hopefully you are watching the movie on your DVR or DVD so you can rewind and watch the scene again since you got so caught up with the piano you blanked out on the action and dialogue. Or maybe that’s just me. I think you know what I’m talking about though. Pianos have that effect on us.
It’s easier with a book. You can just go back and read the sentence or paragraph again. But then we may find ourselves wanting to know more about that instrument. Why did the author only mention it in the briefest manner and then we never hear any more about it? Atmosphere I suppose. That can be aggravating but of course it’s easy to get sidetracked by our own thoughts and interests which have nothing to do with the author’s plot or intent.
On the other hand it can be irritating when the author does try to expand on his description … and gets it wrong. That happens in movies too of course. Ultimately we are probably just happy to see a piano, regardless of how fleeting its appearance. And maybe enjoy some guilty indulgence in our superior knowledge. Nah.
There are, of course, any number of films and even more books which do in fact focus on the piano itself which give us a great deal more to ponder and discuss. Which we plan to do in future articles. So stay tuned and if you have a favorite to suggest let us know in the comments below or on our contact page.