“When you look at the names of the streets of Tel Aviv and if you were to know each personality that the street is named after, you would basically know Israeli history, and a lot of Jewish history because every person that the street is named after has done something either in the arts, poetry, politics, anything. So, it’s like an education. So, if you look them up, what do you call it, Jewish Google, if you will, wouldn’t it be, you can call it Joogle, that would be nice. Jewish Google. So, you would really know a lot about history.” – Itzhak Perlman
Number of Times Seen – 1 (21 Jul 2020)
Brief Synopsis – Documentary about the life of famed violinist Itzhak Perlman.
My Take on it – Up until watching this film, I knew very little about Itzhak Perlman besides the fact that he is a famed and gifted violinist.
This documentary allowed me to get a much better understanding of who he was and how difficult it was for him to reach the heights that he has risen to over the years.
The fact that he contracted polio as a child and has not been able to walk properly for his whole life allows me to get a whole new perspective on his accomplishments.
This film deals with a fascinating subject and that helps keep the story so interesting to watch the whole way through.
They do a wonderful job focusing on the man himself and instead of explaining too much about the kind of music and musical instruments that he is famous for because it allows things to be even more enjoyable and educating to watch especially for those of us less familiar with the musical aspects of the world.
We get to see what kind of devoted family man he is and how that affects his life and work on a daily basis.
The various events throughout his life, including his illness at a young age help show how he became the person he now is.
Perlman and his wife also are instrumental in helping change the world in so many ways due to their charity work.
The film doesn’t have frontal interviews with people sitting on a chair but allows family, friends and colleagues to say what they feel is necessary while in the midst of their daily routines.
They have so many powerful things to say that it helps make this documentary even more poignant to watch.
Bottom Line – Fascinating film that manages to stay interesting throughout. The film does a great job focusing on the man himself and not on the specifics of his work which enhances things so much especially for those of us less familiar with the music he is known for. Love the way that this film shows what kind of family man he is and how various events in his life helped shape him into the person he has become. The film allows us to see the kind of life he and his wife lead as they try to do so much for the world in more ways than one. The interviews with various friends, family and colleagues add so much to the story and helps make things even more powerful to watch. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Perlman contracted polio at age four and has walked using leg braces and crutches since then and plays the violin while seated. As of 2018, he uses crutches or an electric Amigo scooter for mobility (From Wikipedia)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)
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