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Itzhak (2018)



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From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart to...Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman's violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life; "praying with the violin," says renowned Tel Aviv violinmaker Amnon Weinstein. Alison Chernick's enchanting documentary looks beyond the sublime musician to see the polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel, and the young man who struggled to be taken seriously as a music student when schools saw only his disability. Itzhak himself is funny, irreverent and self-deprecating, and here his life story unspools in conversations with masterful musicians, family and friends, and most endearingly his devoted wife of 50 years, Toby. Itzhak and Toby's lives are dedicated to their large, loving, Jewish family in NYC and their continual support of young musicians. As charming and entrancing as the famous violinist himself, ITZHAK is a portrait of musical virtuosity seamlessly enclosed in warmth, humor, and above all, love.


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If Alison Chernick's "Itzhak," a documentary about the great violinist Itzhak Perlman, had a musical tempo designation, it would probably be "A capriccio" (Italian for "following one's fancy").

March 23, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Semi-illuminating but quite enjoyable, thanks to its subject's warmth and charm.

March 16, 2018 | Full Review…
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As a portrait of a marriage forged in respect, love and companionship, "Itzhak" is in its casually wonderful way proof that life is rarely lived as a virtuosic solo.

March 15, 2018 | Full Review…

A joyous film about a joyous man.

March 10, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Think of Itzhak as a revealing scrapbook of Perlman's favorite stories.

March 8, 2018 | Full Review…

We get a brief dip into his family's past and emigration from Israel, but the filmmaker never digs deeply enough to reveal any other substantial dimension of this man, or her theories about what shaped him.

March 8, 2018 | Full Review…

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