From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart to...Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman's violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life; "praying with the violin," says renowned Tel Aviv violinmaker Amnon Weinstein. Alison Chernick's enchanting documentary looks beyond the sublime musician to see 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, and here his life story unspools in conversations with masterful musicians, family and friends, and most endearingly his devoted wife of 50 years, Toby. Itzhak and Toby's lives are dedicated to their large, loving, Jewish family in NYC and their continual support of young musicians. As charming and entrancing as the famous violinist himself, Itzhak is a portrait of musical virtuosity seamlessly enclosed in warmth, humor, and above all, love.
Directed By: Alison Chernick
Cast: Itzhak Perlman, Toby Perlman, Alan Alda, and Bill Joel.
What the critics are saying:
"Perlman seems that rare sort: a virtuoso at peace with God, neighbor, and himself, a man who suffered much in youth, and then triumphed over that suffering to make a happy, ordinary life." - Matthew Lickona, San Diego Reader
"Little by little, a life richly lived in music unfolds" - John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune
"Itzhak is ideal for Perlman fans, but it's also persuasive enough to create new fans. It's just impossible not to like this guy." - Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
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