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Seymour - An Introduction

Seymour - An Introduction

Rated: PG 
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: April 10, 2015 Released by: IFC Films

More than an illuminating pedagogue comes forth in Ethan Hawke's new quixotic, lauding (short, yet quite informative) documentary.

Seymour: An Introduction examines prodigious octogenarian pianist Seymour Bernstein who left the concert scene to concentrate on teaching, now in part, at least privately, at New York University.

When Hawke (in Richard Linklater's intimate, yet wide-reaching Boyhood) had his troubles as a thespian it was Bernstein who provided more than some valuable advice.

The conversations with former talented acolytes underlines an imaginative approach to technique and instruction which has a critical, but crucial meaning into the union of performing and off-stage existence. To recognize and understand the struggles to elevate one into a profession beatific state is part of the attributes expressed by a heady, devoted Hawke in a tactfully telling Seymour: An Introduction.

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