A joyous film about a joyous man.
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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, 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, 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.

Played at

Music Hall, 4.20.18 - 5.03.18
Royal, 4.13.18 - 4.19.18
Monica Film Center, 3.30.18 - 4.12.18
Ahrya Fine Arts, 3.30.18 - 4.05.18
Playhouse 7, 3.16.18 - 4.05.18
Town Center 5, 3.16.18 - 4.12.18
Rated NR Closed Captioning Available Closed Captioning Available
Runtime: 83 min
Language: English

Director: Alison Chernick
FEATURED REVIEW: David Noh, Film Journal International
Insofar as delivering unstinting joy on the planet, there are few to equal violinist Itzhak Perlman. The intelligence, brio and formidable emotion he has brought to his playing for decades have made him a human treasure, not to mention the generations of aspiring virtuoos he has guid...