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Seymour: An Introduction (2015)

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Critic Consensus: Seymour Bernstein's genuineness shines so brightly in Seymour: An Introduction that viewers will forgive debuting director Ethan Hawke's reverent treatment.

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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 as a performer before he gave it up to devote himself to helping others develop their own gifts. While Ethan Hawke's gentle, meditative study is a warm and lucid portrait of Bernstein and his exceptional life and work, it's also a love letter to the study of music itself, and a film about the patience, concentration, and devotion that are fundamental to the practice of art. Seymour: An Introduction allows us to spend time with a generous human being who has found balance and harmony through his love of music. (C) Sundance Selectsmore
Rating: PG (for some mild thematic elements)
Genre: Documentary
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On DVD: Nov 3, 2015
Box Office: $0.7M
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for Seymour: An Introduction

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (28)

The great joy of the film, whether you know piano or not, is watching Bernstein teach.

Full Review… | April 10, 2015
Detroit News
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Hawke's cinematic etude may not unlock all the mysteries of music, but "Seymour: An Introduction" is universal enough to be understood by a bananafish.

Full Review… | April 9, 2015
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Like a touching master class on living correctly, listening to the charming Bernstein will have you changing keys.

Full Review… | April 9, 2015
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Coming off of his superb one-two performances for Richard Linklater in Before Midnight and Boyhood, Hawke continues to work at a creative high level. He demonstrates a rapport and openness with his subject that proves exceptionally affecting.

Full Review… | March 26, 2015
Chicago Sun-Times
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Whether or not Hawke got any answers to his questions about the purpose of being artist, seeking them under the guidance of a teacher like Bernstein resulted in this work of art.

Full Review… | March 26, 2015
Boston Globe
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Seymour: An Introduction is just that - not too much biography, or history. And one needn't be a music aficionado, or a musician, to appreciate the modest erudition coming from this man.

Full Review… | March 26, 2015
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Audience Reviews for Seymour: An Introduction

A heart warming tale of a genius who couldn't get over his fear of playing before crowds to make it a career. Becoming a teacher that inspired more than music students, Seymour is a man that you are glad to get to know.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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'The most important thing that music teachers can do for their pupils is to inspire an emotional reaction, not just for the music, but more importantly, for life.'

Absolutely superb in every respect. This is a film that speaks importantly to every musician, music lover and aspiring performer. The wisdom and brilliance of this man shines forth in profound and important ways. A must see!!! We loved it from beginning to end. It is without a doubt one of the finest documentaries ever made!!

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