I went! I cried! I applauded! Those of us immersed in the arts as students and teachers, felt especially validated.
On the East Coast, harpsichordist, Elaine Comparone was riveted to the Big Screen just as I nestled into a snug seat at the Albany, California Landmark Twin theater. (East Bay, California)
She perfectly summed up what seemed beyond words to express:
“I found it moving, touching and masterfully put together! How did you like that performance at the end that moved from his studio to Steinway Hall? Wonderful job of editing. And the camera work throughout was artistically first-rate—not gimmicky. The clip at the end of various musical performances was just the cherry on top. The part about his service in Korea and how he made the best of it was great. Also the reaction to his seeing the fawn at the warfront and thinking he had died and gone to heaven…I thought the whole thing was just wonderful! That young man who played the Rachmaninoff—-wow!! I loved it all. It deserves to be nominated for the Academy Award. I hope it wins! Kudos to Ethan Hawke for his fine work! And that Kimmelman, NYT Architecture editor and piano student, what a sweet, sensitive man!”
If some of these characters interwoven into a gorgeous mosaic sound unfamiliar, please satisfy your curiosity, and ingest 84 minutes of heavenly film work. A pleasurable afterglow will linger for days, weeks, months and years….
For me, it was a joyous cinematic journey in the good company of Jocel, Alana, and Bernie who generously shared their enthusiastic responses to Ethan’s treasured documentary.
Thanks to all!
NOTE: The photo I took, and gave to Seymour as a gift in 2012, sits on the wall of his apartment’s entry-way. It’s seen fleetingly mid-point in the movie.