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Itzhak serves as an entertaining introduction to the life and career of a brilliant artist with a personality as warm as his music.



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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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Perlman seems that rare sort: a virtuoso at peace with God, neighbor, and himself, a man who suffered much in youth, and then triumphed over that suffering to make a happy, ordinary life.

Apr 20, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

We get to know the man: the jovial grandfather, the joke teller, the dedicated husband, the patient teacher and loyal friend...

Apr 6, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Little by little, a life richly lived in music unfolds.

Apr 4, 2018 | Full Review…

Music hangs in the air throughout the film.

Apr 4, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

"Itzhak" is ideal for Perlman fans, but it's also persuasive enough to create new fans. It's just impossible not to like this guy.

Apr 3, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Director Alison Chernick profiles the violin virtuoso, through his performance, of course, but she also reveals a personality as expressive as his musicianship.

Mar 31, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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