Seymour Bernstein started playing the piano as a little boy, and by the time he turned 15 he was teaching it to others. He enjoyed a long and illustrious career of concertizing before he gave it up to devote himself to helping others develop their own gifts. Ethan Hawke’s lovely film is a warm and lucid portrait of Bernstein –his work habits; his memories of learning the piano with Clara Husserl; his army stint during the Korean War; his sharp observations about his fellow pianists; his interactions with his students and conversations with friends; his preparations for a private concert. But it’s also a film about the patience, concentration, and devotion that are fundamental to the practice of art and life. Seymour: An Introduction allows us to spend time with a generous human being who has found balance and harmony within himself.
D: Ethan Hawke
F: Ramsey Fendall
E: Anna Gustavi, Adriana Pacheco
S: Timothy Cleary, Guillermo Pena-Tapia, Jason Friedman-Mendez
M: Seymour Bernstein
P: Ryan Hawke, Greg Loser, Heather Joan Smith
Seymour Bernstein, Michael Kimmelman, Andrew Harvey, Joseph Smith, Kimball Gallagher
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He was born in Texas, USA, in 1970. The highlights of his long career as an actor are the trilogy comprised of Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight, and Boyhood, all of them directed by R. Linklater. He directed the features Chelsea Walls (2001) and The Hottest State (2006).