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Seymour: An Introduction

Directed by: Ethan Hawke
Runtime: 1hr 24min Year: 2014
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Directed by: Ethan Hawke
Runtime: 1hr 24min Year: 2014
Country: United States

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

“A sweetly affecting portrait of creative genius. A poignant guide to life.” – Indiewire

“Profoundly inspiring” – New York Times

How should we live? A question asked by philosophers and the masses alike, and one which Seymour Bernstein has been cultivating an answer to over 50 years of piano-playing. Living in a small Manhattan apartment the octogenarian master pianist appears fully content with his choice to forgo a promising career as a concert pianist in order to teach music.

Ethan Hawke, one of his greatest admirers, takes us into Bernstein’s world as he reminisces about his experiences growing up, playing piano for soldiers in the Korean War, and struggling with performance anxiety.

This delicately crafted film offers a wise and charismatic reflection on art and life.