SEYMOUR: AN IN­TRO­DUC­TION

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A chance meet­ing with the re­mark­able mu­si­cian Seymour Bern­stein inspired Ethan Hawke to di­rect this in­ti­mate and be­guil­ing doc­u­men­tary. Bern­stein with­drew from a se­ri­ous ca­reer as a con­cert pi­anist when he de­cided that tour­ing did not make him happy, and he de­voted him­self in­stead to teach­ing, con­tem­plat­ing, and lov­ing mu­sic. He is the sort of el­der sage any­one would ben­e­fit from spend­ing time with, and view­ers can­not help but de­rive in­spi­ra­tion from their ex­po­sure to this kind, sen­si­tive, com­pas­sion­ate soul. Rated PG. 84 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. (James M. Keller)

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