"A magnificently accomplished concert pianist who at one time seemed poised for fame, Seymour Bernstein, now in his eighties, quit performing at age 50. Since then, he has concentrated on composing, teaching, and simply playing. Hawke... met Bernstein at a dinner party, and was drawn to the elder gentleman’s ideas about performing and creativity: Hawke had been struggling with his own questions about what it means to be a performer, and has at times suffered from debilitating stage fright. The film Hawke has made... works both as a celebration of Bernstein, whose spirit is at once gentle and boldly generous, and as a way of exploring creativity and the meaning it can have in our lives."
- Stephanie Zacharek, The Village Voice
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Director: Ethan Hawke
Run Time: 81 min
"★★★☆ Bernstein is as eloquent with words as he is with interpreting Schubert, Chopin and Beethoven."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“[An] intimate, big-hearted documentary…as much a movie about life as about art”
- Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Critics’ Pick
“I could have watched it all day. And then the next day and the day after that”
- Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
“Hawke may be an unobtrusive presence onscreen, but his…affection for his friend and mentor permeates every frame.”
- Justin Chang, Variety