Itzhak

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7.41 h 22 min201813+
A look at the life, work and religious heritage of violinist Itzhak Perlman.
Directors
Alison Chernick
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Itzhak PerlmanToby PerlmanAlan Alda
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Documentary
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English [CC]
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English
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4.8 out of 5 stars

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MRReviewed in the United States on May 19, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Itzahk Perlman is great, the doc...not so much
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In the early 1990s, Mr. Perlman was in Southern California promoting music education for grade school children. I was a reporter for a news organization covering the event. I sat on the floor, literally 5 feet from him as he played. Incredible, amazing... But this documentary isn't about his music, or his life, or struggles. It unfortunately depicts him as an entitled musician who dominates conversations, is pushy about his opinions and rarely lets other people get a word in edgewise. His wife, while surely important to him, has too large of a role as she talks about making cauliflower... who cares?? I know there is much more to this man...this documentary fell short of opening that door.
8 people found this helpful
L. AbrahamReviewed in the United States on November 11, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Disappointed
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I was expecting that a documentary about Itzhak Perlman would include advice about technique and practice, but there was extremely little of that, nothing of any use. I expected more biography, but there were many gaps. If the family wanted to keep private some obvious details that are usually highlighted in a biography, perhaps the nature of the documentary should have been altered. I was also hoping for a discussion about other violinists or musicians who inspired Perlman, Jewish classical music and klezmer, but except for the closing credits with a recording of the Klezmatics, there was nothing. I would have preferred more Itzhak and less wife, in fact, much less wife. I think the DVD was highly overpriced.
13 people found this helpful
Tyler A.Reviewed in the United States on April 8, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Exceptional
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I read a few reviews complaining that this documentary wasn't about Mr. Perlman discussing technique etc. Well, so what! It is Itzhak Perlman for goodness sake. The documentary could've been about him watering the damn lawn and it would be a superb documentary. lol. You get what I mean. So, NO this isn't a documentary about Mr. Perlman discussing violin technique. This is a superbly shot documentary showing behind the scenes real life into who Mr. Perlman is and how he grew up. Definitely a wonderfully shot documentary showcasing one of the best violenst who ever lived.
4 people found this helpful
LauraReviewed in the United States on April 6, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautifully put together!
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One of the best documentaries I have seen in some time. As a visual artist myself, I enjoyed hearing Perlman's more conceptual experiences with the violin that translate well to other art forms. I particularly enjoyed the bits where he talked about what kind of teacher was best for him; I enjoyed when he talked with Alan Alda about how the decision of how to act out a piece of music comes from actually doing it, first; and I enjoyed when he talked about how music moves him emotionally. It was good to understand a bit about his emotional relationship to music. And I wish the documentary had come in many parts. Very well done! Thanks to the creators and producer of this documentary!
3 people found this helpful
David SmithReviewed in the United States on August 3, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful DVD
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I have had the privilege of hearing Mr. Perlman live three times in three very different settings (with orchestra, with a small group, within a Klezmer program). He comes across on stage exactly as he comes across on the DVD -- warm, friendly, very human. I found the DVD to be wonderfully done. There are lots of performance excerpts linked together by interviews and videos. The sound was good. The images were very clear. It gave me a better perspective of the person whose performances I enjoy so much.
3 people found this helpful
A readerReviewed in the United States on April 6, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful
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A lifelong Perlman fan, I highly recommend this doc. Instead of being bogged down by excessive biographical detail, his exquisite music and his relationships are highlighted. I am not a musician, but you feel the sense his music brings you throughout: that you too are a tuning fork, and his sound vibrates through your whole being.
2 people found this helpful
Sun DancerReviewed in the United States on May 22, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
When the dancer is the dance
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I've loved the artistry of Itzhak Perlman all my life, but this beautiful film allowed me to experience a new depth of understanding about the evolution of his art. True virtuosi are rare. They should be. At such a level of greatness, the artist brings us into the sublime with him or her. Profound artistry is not merely the result of talent, or skill, or even imagination. This gift is beyond our ability to even articulate its essence. We are helpless to only witness the grace and humanity created before us. And some of the conversation in the film speaks to that helplessness, so I can only reiterate the power of such a thought. The film simply filled me with awe and gratitude.
One person found this helpful
Terry TrucanoReviewed in the United States on January 2, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful violinist and wonderful man.
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I always knew he was an outstanding violinist but I did not know what a remarkable and admirable man he was. Thoroughly enjoyed watching this as I am playing the violin again as is my granddaughter. Totally amazed at his technical and artistic skill.
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