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The Piano Lesson

(DVD - 2006 )
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August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning tale of a family caught between their heritage and a dream for the future. The Charles family clashes over the fate of a magnificent, carved piano that carries their family's story from their days as slaves. Boy Willie wants to sell the piano to buy a farm--the same fields their family worked as slaves. But his sister, Berniece, refuses to part with it. For her, the piano is their very soul, a legacy of pride and struggle that symbolizes their survival as a family. To resolve the conflict they must first deal with the past.
Title: The piano lesson
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Publisher: [S.l.] : Hallmark Home Entertainment, c2006
Edition: Gold Crown collector's ed., full screen presentation
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 98 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Craig Anderson Productions, Inc. in association with Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions ; produced by August Wilson ; teleplay by August Wilson ; based on the play by August Wilson ; directed by Lloyd Richards
Notes: Originally produced for television broadcast in 1995
Special features: a behind-the-scenes featurette and an interview with August Wilson; biographies
Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Summary: August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning tale of a family caught between their heritage and a dream for the future. The Charles family clashes over the fate of a magnificent, carved piano that carries their family's story from their days as slaves. Boy Willie wants to sell the piano to buy a farm--the same fields their family worked as slaves. But his sister, Berniece, refuses to part with it. For her, the piano is their very soul, a legacy of pride and struggle that symbolizes their survival as a family. To resolve the conflict they must first deal with the past.
Additional Contributors: Wilson, August
Richards, Lloyd - 1919-2006 - Director
Dutton, Charles S. - Actor
Woodard, Alfre - 1953- - Actor
Gordon, Carl - 1932-2010 - Actor
Hollis, Tommy - Actor
Myers, Lou - 1945- - Actor
Vance, Courtney B. - Actor
Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions, Inc
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama PIANO
Credits: Production designer, Jim Newport ; director of photography, Paul Elliott ; edited by Jim Oliver.
Performers: Charles S. Dutton, Alfre Woodard, Carl Gordon, Tommy Hollis, Lou Myers, Courtney B. Vance ... [et al.].
System Details: DVD, Dolby digital surround, Full screen version
Other Language: Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired
Subject Headings: African Americans Drama Heirlooms Drama
Topical Term: African Americans
Heirlooms
Publisher No: 1998DVD1370 Hallmark Home Entertainment (U.S.A.)
2898DVD1370 Hallmark Home Entertainment (Canada)
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This is based on an August Wilson play and tells the story of an African American family who possess an ornate piano that is connected to their ancestor’s lives as slaves. The family is conflicted as some wish to sell the heirloom while others see it as an important piece of their legacy.


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