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37 Ratings

Seymour: An Introduction

Directed by Ethan Hawke
United States, 2014


Ethan Hawke directs this intimate documentary portrait of classical pianist, composer, author, teacher and sage Seymour Bernstein.

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Seymour: An Introduction Directed by Ethan Hawke
It made me nostalgic for the bygone days of my own musical education, but Ethan Hawke’s sublime tribute to the great classical pianist Seymour Bernstein is a work of overflowing riches even for those who have never tickled the ivories… No fiction or nonfiction film I’ve seen this year has illuminated the purpose and the challenge of the creative impulse with such revivifying clarity.
July 02, 2015
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A film as deceptively modest as its subject, Ethan Hawke’s candid portrait of octogenarian classical pianist Seymour Bernstein was as heady a plunge into the nature of creativity and the transcendent power of art as “My Dinner With Andre” had been three decades earlier.
July 02, 2015
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[Seymour is] such a charismatic camera subject that there’s no need for all the testimonials that Hawke includes; after a while, the parade of students past and present (including New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman) singing Bernstein’s praises gets a bit wearisome. The film also lacks a coherent structure or rhythm as cinema. But any time in such good company can’t be said to have been poorly spent.
April 15, 2015
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