Ethan Hawke, 2014
USA | Format: DCP | 81 minutes
Seymour Bernstein started playing the piano as a little boy, and by the time he turned 15 he was teaching it to others. He enjoyed a long and illustrious career of concertizing before he gave it up to devote himself to helping others develop their own gifts. Ethan Hawke’s lovely film is a warm and lucid portrait of Bernstein—his work habits; his memories of learning the piano with Clara Husserl; his army stint during the Korean War; his sharp observations about his fellow pianists; his interactions with his students and conversations with friends; his preparations for a private concert. But it’s also a film about the patience, concentration, and devotion that are fundamental to the practice of art and life. Seymour: An Introduction allows us to spend time with a generous human being who has found balance and harmony within himself. A Sundance Selects release.
Join us for An Evening with Ethan Hawke on September 30.
Series: NYFF52 Spotlight on Documentary
Venue: Walter Reade Theater, Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center