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Vladimir Horowitz: The Last Romantic (1985)

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A charming documentary filmed at Vladimir Horowitz's home in New York, this look at the private life and performing genius of the late pianist owes its entertainment value to the man himself. He jokes, he plays the piano as no one else can, and he talks about his favorites: Sergei Rachmaninoff, a friend, Frederic Chopin -- a bit before his time -- and the enigmatic, modern composer Alexander Scriabin. Arturo Toscanini's daughter Wanda married Horowitz in 1933, and she also contributes her share to this one-day session at their home. She brings out photo albums and reminisces about their early relationship. A tribute as much to the spirit of the man as his internationally acclaimed talent as a pianist, this documentary would be enjoyable for anyone interested in good music and unusually gifted musicians. The Ukrainian-born Horowitz left the Soviet Union in 1925 and never saw his family again. He was buried in the Toscanini family grave site in Italy.

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