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Directed by Alison Chernick

United States, Israel 2017 82 mins. In English

Israeli conductor and musician Itzhak Perlman, widely considered to be the greatest living violinist, takes us on a journey through his music and life. Chernick follows Perlman as he travels the world and traces a meteoric rise from polio at age four, to fame during a teenage performance on the Ed Sullivan Show, to beloved status worldwide. “I saw a large character with huge passion and spirit. I wanted to explore the person behind this beautiful sound . . . I saw Jewish history, humor, discipline, drive, and, of course, amazing resilience and overcoming of obstacles.”—Alison Chernick. A Portland Jewish Film Festival event.

Genres: Documentary

Appears in: Reel Music 35



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