Seymour: An IntroductionSeymour: An Introduction introduces Seymour Bernstein, a virtuoso pianist, veteran New Yorker, and true original who gave up a successful concert career to teach music. While Ethan Hawke's gentle, meditative study is a warm and lucid portrait of Bernstein and his exceptional life and work, it's also a love letter to the study of music itself, and a film about the patience, concentration, and devotion that are fundamental to the practice of art.
Actors of "Seymour: An Introduction"
Directors of "Seymour: An Introduction"
Ethan HawkeBirthdate: 6 November 1970, Austin, Texas, USA
Critic Reviews of "Seymour: An Introduction"
Tom Long Detroit NewsApril 10, 2015
The great joy of the film, whether you know piano or not, is watching Bernstein teach.
Joe Williams St. Louis Post-DispatchApril 09, 2015
Hawke's cinematic etude may not unlock all the mysteries of music, but "Seymour: An Introduction" is universal enough to be understood by a bananafish.
Colin Covert Minneapolis Star TribuneApril 09, 2015
Like a touching master class on living correctly, listening to the charming Bernstein will have you changing keys.
Bruce Ingram Chicago Sun-TimesMarch 26, 2015
Coming off of his superb one-two performances for Richard Linklater in Before Midnight and Boyhood, Hawke continues to work at a creative high level. He demonstrates a rapport and openness with his subject that proves exceptionally affecting.
Peter Keough Boston GlobeMarch 26, 2015
Whether or not Hawke got any answers to his questions about the purpose of being artist, seeking them under the guidance of a teacher like Bernstein resulted in this work of art.
Steven Rea Philadelphia InquirerMarch 26, 2015
Seymour: An Introduction is just that - not too much biography, or history. And one needn't be a music aficionado, or a musician, to appreciate the modest erudition coming from this man.
Kaori Shoji Japan TimesSeptember 21, 2016
Seymour is intriguing, mainly because it brings together two uniquely talented artists -- Hawke and Bernstein -- and captures them in thought and ocasionally in conversation, sometimes together but more often on their own.
Jason Bailey FlavorwireJune 18, 2016
Not only a very fine documentary, but a warm and likable one to boot.
Andrew Pulver GuardianMarch 24, 2016
There's no pressing story to tell, or even especially vital achievement to record, so the film probably counts as bit of self-indulgence from Hawke, but it's got a very good heart.
Forrest Cardamenis The Film StageFebruary 26, 2016
More crucial to [the film] than Bernstein's personality, endearing as it is, is the music he plays.
Norman Wilner NOW TorontoDecember 18, 2015
It's quiet, considered and spellbinding, with a great deal of beautiful music - some of it performed exquisitely by Bernstein himself.
Robert Roten Laramie Movie ScopeNovember 29, 2015
Bernstein seems like a man who has found fulfillment in his life, and his students seem fulfilled as well. His story is compelling and his words seem to be loaded with wisdom. He is a fascinating character.
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