Itzhak Perlman in a scene from the new film “Itzhak” (Photo credit: Voyeur Films)
Alison Chernick‘s new film about Itzhak Perlman‘s life, released in U.S. theaters on March 9th, has been getting rave reviews all around!
Robert Abele of the LA Times raves: “Itzhak Perlman’s musical gifts with violin and bow are legion, so any documentary on him is sure to be fortified with performance pleasure. What’s especially appealing about Alison Chernick’s “Itzhak,” however, is how much time we spend with his personality, which radiates joy about art, thoughtfulness when he reflects on his life as the polio-surviving prodigy who made good, happiness around loved ones, and passion for teaching.”
Matt Zoller Seitz of Rogerebert writes: “Itzhak is a joyous film about a joyous man. Directed by Alison Chernick, it’s a compact and immensely likable look at virtuoso violinist Itzhak Perlman. It’s less concerned with covering the totality of his life and career than evoking his life force, which is good-humored, earthy and inspiring.”
John Seroff of What Should We Do says: “Whether you’re a classical music fan or not, this sneak peek into the life of an iconic New Yorker will inspire wonder — of art, music, family—and maybe even a renewed dedication to your passion.”
John Anderson of America Magazine The Jesuit Review writes: “The music in the documentary is wonderful, of course, and it helps you understand why Perlman is among the two or three best-known classical musicians in the nonclassical world.”
Finally, Simon Abrams of The Village Voice praises: “The makers of the irresistible character-study doc Itzhak capture Itzhak Perlman’s characteristic warmth and bravado through short, anecdote-centric scenes that make the Israeli American violinist sound like a big-hearted raconteur who’s just dying to tell you everything about himself.”
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