a touching documentary about seymour bernstein, who devoted his life until age 50 to being a concert pianist. he ultimately finds honest creative identity in teaching the piano to others. wisdom he imparts: a piano is unique, like a person. music is a universal language, the language of the universal order. if an artist devotes his/her talent to their art, and merges life with practice, then life will be harmonious.
A thoughtful and loving portrait of a thoughtful and loving man. It's easy to see why Hawke felt such instant kinship and thirst for Bernstein's wisdom. Here's a teacher who imparts his students with a warm vision of purpose and authenticity in one's art. One doesn't have to be a classical musician to appreciate this, but it can have special resonance for those molded by the craft. A sublime documentary.