• Itzhak

    Directed by Alison Chernick
    US/Israel | 80 minutes | True Stories

  • Itzhak

    Directed by Alison Chernick
    US/Israel | 80 minutes | True Stories

  • Itzhak

    Directed by Alison Chernick
    US/Israel | 80 minutes | True Stories

  • Itzhak

    Directed by Alison Chernick
    US/Israel | 80 minutes | True Stories

From Shubert to Strauss, Bach to… Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s transcendent violin playing evokes the depth of the human experience. This enchanting documentary details the virtuoso’s own struggles as a polio survivor and Jewish émigré, and reminds us why art is vital to life.

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January 6, 2018 7:30 PM Annenberg Theater Tickets not available
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January 7, 2018 4:30 PM Camelot Theatres (PS Cultural Center) Tickets not available
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January 9, 2018 8:15 PM Annenberg Theater Tickets not available
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January 15, 2018 5:00 PM Regal Cinemas Tickets not available
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film synopsis

From Shubert 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 in Israel.

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.

film details

Country: US/Israel
Year: 2017
Running Time: 80 minutes
Language: English and Hebrew
Subtitles: Yes
Director: Alison Chernick
Producers: Alison Chernick
Cinematographers: Daniel Kedem, Christopher Gallo, Mikko Timonen, Chris Dapkins
Editor: Helen Yum
Music: Itzhak Perlman

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