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April 21 @ 2:40 pm
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Saturday, April 21st at 2:40 PM
Cinemark Perkins Rowe

Celebrity Spotlight * USA/Isreal * 80 min

Director: Alison Chernik
Producer: Alison Chernik
Sponsored by: The Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra

From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart to… Billy Joel! One of the most celebrated musicians of our time, Israeli-American violinist Itzhak Perlman shines in Alison Chernick’s engaging portrait of the gregarious master at home in New York, and on tour in Israel. It has been said Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance (violinmaker Amnon Weinstein calls it “praying with the violin”) to evoke the struggles of real life: before the classical superstar came the polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel, and the young man who struggled to be taken seriously as a music student when schools saw only his disability. Itzhak himself is funny, irreverent and self-deprecating, his life story unspools in conversations with masterful musicians, family and friends, and most endearingly with Toby, his devoted wife of 50 years.

Languages: English, Hebrew
Subtitles: English

The strains of Bach, Vivaldi, Schubert, Strauss, et al., weave through the film and Perlman is a garrulous personality who seems comfortable in almost any setting… Good music and good company make Itzhak a pleasure.” — Dennis Harvey, Variety

A love story on so many levels – Perlman’s love of music, of the violin, of life itself!” Ray Rogers, The Hollywood Reporter

A musical masterpiece. Captures, the life, work and heritage of world-famous violinist Itzhak Perlman.” Vicki Leopold, Atlanta Jewish Times

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Date: April 21
Time: 2:40 pm
Event CategoryFilm