Penelope Wilton in rehearsals for Hamlet: Scene Twenty contains multiple deaths: first Gertrude, inadvertently poisoned by Claudius; Starting with the first, Michael Grandage comments to Penelope, ‘We’re up for any version of the queen’s death.’ He’s keen for her to push over a chair as she collapses. ‘Some diversion tactic’, making a loud noise, which pulls focus from the action in the foreground. ‘Whatever it is, it shouldn’t look neat.’ He is careful to ensure that Penelope doesn’t fall and injure herself.
"But it wasn’t just a technical approach towards the piano, studying the music for this film was also a way of approaching the soul of the film, because the film is really about the soul of Schubert and the soul of Bach." - Isabelle Huppert speaking about preparing for her role in Michael Haneke’s movie “La pianiste”.