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Seymour: An Introduction

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Meet Seymour Bernstein: a virtuoso pianist, veteran New Yorker, and true original who gave up a successful concert career to teach music. In this wonderfully warm, witty, and intimate tribute from his friend, Ethan Hawke, Seymour shares unforgettable stories from his remarkable life and eye-opening words of wisdom, as well as insightful reflections on art, creativity, and the search for fulfillment. A "poignant guide to life" (Indiewire) and an engaging exploration on the dedication, perseverance, and fortitude essential to creating both art and a rewarding life, Seymour: An Introduction will leave audiences uplifted and inspired.

  • DirectorEthan Hawke
  • Runtime: 1 hr 21 min
  • StudioSundance Selects
  • QualityHD

Reviews about Seymour: An Introduction

Seymour: An Introduction
jgus
If you love music, get this.

What a warmhearted film, about a simple man that can play a mean piano. The music chosen is great and brings tears to ones eyes because it is all played so good. Kudos to Ethan Hawke for following his heart. Nicely done Ethan.

Seymour: An Introduction
Ron Dragano
Certainly not everybody's cup of tea, but if you ...

Certainly not everybody's cup of tea, but if you play piano or any instrument for that matter, you'll understand music is feeling and Seymour knows something about playing with feeling and living it too.

Seymour: An Introduction
Patricia Ross
Beautiful and moving tribute to a thoughtful and gifted man

Beautiful and moving tribute to a thoughtful and gifted man. He speaks the language of feeling, music, with a depth and transcendence that is luminous.

Seymour: An Introduction
halcyone d.
Beautifully filmed story about a wonderful human being

One of the loveliest films I have seen in a very long time; I saw it twice and now may have to purchase my own copy. Beautifully filmed story about a wonderful human being. It should be required viewing for all humanities classes!!!

Seymour: An Introduction
Jane
Four Stars

A thoughtful quiet piece about an interesting character.

Seymour: An Introduction
robert f. davis
I was very pleased to meet Seymour.

Wonderful film. Gentle, powerful, meditative, positive. We are placed in the presence of a beautiful and wise man.

Seymour: An Introduction
Crystal Olson
This is an inspirational story about an 88 year old ...

This is an inspirational story about an 88 year old concert pianist who can touch your heart and show you how the most important human experience is music. It connects us to each other, whether a performer or a listener, music ties us together.

Seymour: An Introduction
Janet P.
Five Stars

A wonderful documentary about a superb teacher. Everyone who teaches should see this.

Seymour: An Introduction
R. Main
Gifted, humble, and passionate man, but the film was a bit of a bore.

Gifted, humble, and passionate man, but the film was a bit of a bore.
Seymour Bernstein is a celebrated musician who performed in major venues to great acclaim. At fifty, due to stage fright and other anxieties, he stopped performing and has been teaching, composing, and writing. Seymour is a gifted and passionate man, but the film rambles with short piece-meal clips of his early career, teaching students, and his views of his life and the creative process. It was a "nice" movie, but nothing terribly provocative or illuminating and not much piano playing. Interesting, but it was a bit of a bore. For something a bit more interesting you might try the Chinese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii

Seymour: An Introduction
J. Newton
A life well lived

Wonderful bio of a lovely man with many life lessons, both musical and non musical.

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