Seymour: An Introduction

Seymour: An Introduction

Seymour: An Introduction

Actor Ethan Hawke (Boyhood) directs this documentary and ode to reclusive New York concert pianist Seymour Bernstein, who turned his back on a successful career to become a teacher.

"Hawke's loving and perceptive biography also provides a revealing glimpse into Hawke’s search for meaning.  Bernstein, a quiet Buddha of a man, withdrew from the bright spotlight of his highly successful performance career in order to teach a younger generation. Living in the same one room New York apartment for 57 years, he set out to "inspire and encourage an emotional response" in his students, "not just for music, but for all aspects of life." Hawke sees in Bernstein a quality that he hopes holds the key to his own artistic evolution." (Telluride Film Festival)

2014Rating: Exempt81 minsUSA
DocumentaryMusic
Director:
Ethan Hawke ('The Hottest State')

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

In his calm defense of beauty, craftsmanship, intellectual curiosity and emotional connection as vital human needs, this is one artist who knows he doesn't have to raise his voice to speak volumes.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

So effective does it close the distance between you and Mr. Bernstein that afterward you may find yourself scanning the streets, hoping to catch sight of him, as if for an old friend.

The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Focusing on the quiet, assured Bernstein's unassuming but powerful presence, Hawke's film often plays like an attempt to share Bernstein's experience with the world.

4.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Hawke's film is very well crafted, tightly edited and elegantly photographed. The acute musical selections only add to our appreciation of Seymour's selfless devotion to his art.

Variety

Variety

press

In his calm defense of beauty, craftsmanship, intellectual curiosity and emotional connection as vital human needs, this is one artist who knows he doesn't have to raise his voice to speak volumes.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

So effective does it close the distance between you and Mr. Bernstein that afterward you may find yourself scanning the streets, hoping to catch sight of him, as if for an old friend.

The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

Focusing on the quiet, assured Bernstein's unassuming but powerful presence, Hawke's film often plays like an attempt to share Bernstein's experience with the world.

4.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Hawke's film is very well crafted, tightly edited and elegantly photographed. The acute musical selections only add to our appreciation of Seymour's selfless devotion to his art.

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