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Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037 Reviews

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Emily S. Mendel
culturevulture.net
June 28, 2008
... an engrossing film that makes the process of crafting a piano and the people involved come alive.
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
June 20, 2008
With its precise editing and thoughtful storytelling, 'Note by Note' is a celebration of craftsmanship - of a piano and of film.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
June 19, 2008
Note By Note: The Making of Steinway L1307 doesn't need any cameos by celebrities, musical or otherwise, to hold our interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Joshua Kosman
San Francisco Chronicle
May 30, 2008
Like an elegant set of theme and variations, director Ben Niles' beautiful, probing documentary about music and craftsmanship takes a simple idea and follows it in a number of directions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine
May 30, 2008
The story of one piano is a microcosm of art, commerce, perfectionism and the American dream in a thorough, but repetitive, documentary.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
February 22, 2008
Note by Note is a reminder of the deep working class roots of high culture.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 1, 2008
This narrative gambit allows Niles to score a quiet but stunning rhetorical point: in their meticulous attention to detail, the blue-collar workers who've spent their lives at the plant seem just as artistic as any musician.
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
January 31, 2008
Although Note by Note has the qualities of an industrial or promotional film, it also is a lovely and lyrical look at a labor of love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Maureen M. Hart
Chicago Tribune
January 18, 2008
It's inspirational to watch and listen as the Steinway employees demonstrate with pride their part in producing an instrument that will sell for more than $100,000 and may succeed some of its brethren on the stage at Carnegie Hall.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jeremy Eichler
Boston Globe
January 4, 2008
A modestly scaled but enjoyable documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
December 11, 2007
A fascinating documentary that more than just piano lovers can enjoy.
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
November 16, 2007
A slimy log dumped into frigid Alaskan waters emerges as the hand-selected Steinway for a world-class performance. A fascinating look at the mini-city within New York City where hand work still prevails.
| Original Score: 7/10
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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
November 13, 2007
As a study of stubborn artisanal tradition in the Pro Tools age, Note by Note is a stirring symphony of specialized labor.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
November 9, 2007
This unexpectedly charming documentary from filmmaker Ben Niles follows the construction of one piano from the bending and molding of the raw maple that will become the piano rim in workshops of the Steinway & Sons factory in Queens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
November 8, 2007
Gorgeous, visually and musically.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
November 8, 2007
Infomercials are seldom this leisurely paced or austere.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
November 8, 2007
Ben Niles' picture is a fascinating and delightful thing.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 7, 2007
Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037 follows the painstaking yearlong process of building and fine-tuning a handmade nine-foot concert grand piano.
| Original Score: 3/5
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
November 5, 2007
Niles purposefully seeks out quirkiness rather than providing meaningful demonstrations of craft.
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
November 5, 2007
A cinematic first, a standing ovation by icons for the unsung, working-class heroes who make them look good.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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