ITZHAK – Austin Jewish Film Festival


Monday, October 29, 2018 12:00pm (NOON)

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Regal Arbor Cinema 8

“A look at the life, work, and religious heritage of violinist Itzhak Perlman.”

Running: 83 min.
Director: Alison Chernick
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Country: Israel, USA
Year: 2017
Ratings: ❖ – Family Friendy
From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to… Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of life. ITZHAK examines the life and music of Israeli-born Itzhak Perlman, widely considered to be the greatest living violinist. Perlman is a polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel. This is the story of the young wheelchair-bound man who struggled to be taken seriously as a music student when schools saw only his disability. Perlman is funny, irreverent, and self-deprecating as he recounts obstacles with humor. Archival materials and performance clips—including a breakthrough appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show at age 13—combine with behind-the-scenes moments of the venerated artist in rehearsal, teaching classes, attending award shows, and collaborating with colleagues. His life story unspools in conversations with masterful musicians, family and friends, and reminds us why art is vital to life.
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