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Yehudi Menuhin (1990)

Cast: Yehudi Menuhin
Director: Tony Palmer
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Image Entertainment
Genre: Documentary, Music, Biographies, Documentary, Music
Running Time: 105 min.
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This film is a portrait of the illustrious violinist Yehudi Menuhin. Born in New York April 22, 1916, Menuhin was a child prodigy on the violin. He went to San Francisco to study, and gave his first public performance with the Mendelssohn concerto at the age of seven. At age 15, he recorded what is still considered the high water mark of the Elgar Violin Concerto, conducted by the composer himself. Always exploring new directions, Menuhin studied and played with the Indian sitarist Ravi Shankar, and the French jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli. In addition to performing throughout decades of a long and brilliant career, Menuhin also started several orchestras, and was involved in numerous philanthropic enterprises. The film uses personal interviews, photographs and footage of live performances from Switzerland, France, Germany, Poland, Austria, England and America, giving the viewer an in depth look at this beloved musician. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

More about family and prodigy; less about music by DWoodwoo2 April 24, 2002 - 1:46 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
BBC documentary takes on early 20th century prodigy Yehudi Menuhin -- "first a child, then a MASTER, then a child again." The subject unfortunately is necessarily kept at a distance as the theme of dedication to the craft through human disconnection -- a family trait initiated by Menuhin's mother -- is repeated throughout his life. His second wife is clearly beloved, however, as is commitment to teaching which makes the second half of his life upbeat. Would have enjoyed a bit more about insight into the craft itself from this proclaimed "second Mozart."

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