|Itzhak – Trailer |
From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart toâ€¦Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlmanâ€™s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life; â€œpraying with the violin,â€� says renowned Tel Aviv violinmaker Amnon Weinstein. Alison Chernickâ€™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 Tobyâ€™s lives are dedicated to their large, loving, Jewish family in NYC and their continual support of young musicians in Israel. Â 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.
Directed by: Alison Chernick
Starring: Itzhak Perlman, Alan Alda, Billy Joel