1hr 22min CAST: Itzhak Perlman, Alan Alda, Toby Perlman, Billy Joel DIRECTOR: Alison Chernick
A look at the life, work and religious heritage of violinist Itzhak Perlman. Alison Chernick's enchanting documentary looks beyond the sublime musician to see the polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel, and the young man who struggled to be taken seriously as a music student when schools saw only his disability. Itzhak himself is funny, irreverent and self-deprecating, and here his life story unspools in conversations with masterful musicians, family and friends, and most endearingly his devoted wife of 50 years, Toby. Itzhak and Toby's lives are dedicated to their large, loving, Jewish family in NYC and their continual support of young musicians.
Perlman seems that rare sort: a virtuoso at peace with God, neighbor, and himself, a man who suffered much in youth, and then triumphed over that suffering to make a happy, ordinary life.Matthew Lickona, San Diego Reader
We get to know the man: the jovial grandfather, the joke teller, the dedicated husband, the patient teacher and loyal friend...Gayle MacDonald, Globe and Mail