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Itzhak (Afternoon Movie)

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, the young man who struggled to be taken seriously as a music student when schools saw only his disability.

As charming as the famous violinist himself, Itzhak is a portrait of musical virtuosity seamlessly enclosed in warmth, humor, and above all, love.

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

Simon Abrams, Village Voice

"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."

Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

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

Pat Padua, Washington Post

Movie Info

Directed by Alison Chernick
80 minutes

CINEMA ADMISSION:

REGULAR ADMISSION: $11
REAL ART WAYS MEMBERS: $6
SENIOR & STUDENT MEMBERS: $5.50
SENIORS (65+): $8
FULL-TIME STUDENTS (WITH ID): $8

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