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Seymour: An Introduction

  • Director: Ethan Hawke
  • Genre(s): Biography, Music, Documentary
  • Rating: PG
  • Running Time: 84 mins.

Meet Seymour Bernstein: a virtuoso pianist, veteran New Yorker, and true original who gave up a successful concert career to teach music. In this wonderfully warm, witty, and intimate tribute from his friend, Ethan Hawke, Seymour shares unforgettable stories from his remarkable life and eye-opening words of wisdom, as well as insightful reflections on art, creativity, and the search for fulfillment. [IFC Films]

"The remarkable if unorthodox life and art of the classically trained pianist Seymour Bernstein is explored with acute feeling and quiet tenderness in Ethan Hawke’s terrific biographical portrait, Seymour: An Introduction."
- Patrick Z. McGavin, Chicago Sun-Times
"Ethan Hawke's documentary on pianist Seymour Bernstein is very much like the sonatas Bernstein plays so beautifully, teaches so insightfully — quietly moving, infinitely deep."
- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"The twice Oscar-nominated actor appears onscreen only briefly. [Director Ethan] Hawke knows where the spotlight belongs. Believe me, the 81 minutes spent in Bernstein's funny, touching and vital presence is something you don't want to miss."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a movie that better conveys the sheer passion both performer and listener have for great music."
- Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"So effective does it close the distance between you and Mr. Bernstein that afterward you may find yourself scanning the streets, hoping to catch sight of him, as if for an old friend."
- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"More than a musical offering, it’s a study in boundless passion, plus a wellspring of wisdom about art and life from a man who sees no dividing line between the one and the other."
- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

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