Seymour: An Introduction
Ethan Hawke directs this intimate documentary portrait of classical pianist, composer, author, teacher and sage Seymour Bernstein.
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★★★½ review by davidehrlich on Letterboxd
Hawke’s first documentary is a perfect movie for a gray Sunday afternoon, a gentle and loving tribute to a man so anachronistically convinced that talent is its own reward that the film might soon serve as our only proof that people like him ever existed. A living legend without a Wikipedia page, Bernstein values his solitude the way that others might their spouse, and Hawke’s movie is a model of how to portray a man who’s at peace with himself.
★★★★ review by Sam Van Hallgren on Letterboxd
So it turns out that the doc that Ben Stiller's character is working on in While We're Young is really lovely actually.
★★★★ review by Christian Childress on Letterboxd
Seymour: An Introduction is a beautiful look into a brilliant man's love for music and life. The film itself isn't anything you haven't seen before but it's a film made with real passion. Seymour Bernstein is a man who has spent his whole life contemplating what brings him joy and fulfillment here on Earth. He knows that his love is for the piano and the music he creates. But, I think his real passion at 87 years of age is showing others why this is so important to him. Seymour: An Introduction is a joyful film about a man who is still figuring out what drives him and how he can pass this love on.
I highly suggest that you watch this one, I don't think you'd regret some time spent with him.
★★★★ review by palakchaval on Letterboxd
Ethan Hawke brings us a docu about Seymour Bernstein, a world-class concert pianist who gave it all up to teach lessons out of his small NYC apartment. Hawke is looking for artistic meaning, reflecting on his own career and decisions as a successful walker-of-the-limelight. But luckily he lets Bernstein take up almost the entire runtime, and the man is such a delight: quirky, funny, effortlessly wise, endearingly weird. Spending 90 minutes with Seymour was a nice way to spend my 30th birthday. I don't know if it brought me any closer to clarity about my own particular creative quagmires, but I feel like its effects are gonna be felt on a more subterranean level, perhaps further down the line...
★★★★ review by Andrew Jupin on Letterboxd
There's something totally centering about listening to a guy who really does have it all figured out just talk about life and music for eighty-four minutes. The phenomenal piano music is a major bonus.
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