The Piano Lesson
Drama | English | 95 minutes
Boy Willie and his friend Lymon travel from Mississippi to Pittsburgh with the hope that Boy Willie’s sister Berniece would give him the family’s heirloom piano. Boy Willie wants to sell the piano so he can buy land from Mr. Sutter, a descendent of the family who owned slaves. Berniece and Boy Willie’s grandfather had carved the family’s American slave history into the piano’s surface. But family friction ensues as Berniece refuses to sell the piano. She is adamant: selling the piano would be like turning her back on their people and their past.
Why Stream This Film?
- Primetime Emmy Awards: Nominated, Best Television Movie; Outstanding Lead Actor (Charles S. Dutton); Outstanding Director, Dramatic Special (Lloyd Richards)
- Screen Actors Guild Awards: Winner, Outstanding Performance in a Miniseries or Television Movie (Alfre Woodard)
- Pulitzer Prize: Winner, Best Drama
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“Filled with inordinate drama and rich, dimensional characters, THE PIANO LESSON blares across the airwaves, filling up your deepest, hungry cinematic aesthetic.”
“There is an element of magical realism that comes across in THE PIANO LESSON.”
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