Although not as well known as her brother Yehudi, Hephzibah was a lively person who Yehudi rated as having higher musical talent than himself. This 116 minute documentary, made in Australia, uses archival film to describe her life, a large part of which was played out there. Having rushed into a passionate marriage with a generous and wealthy music-loving Australian farmer she devoted herself to bringing up their children and making the best of their rural lifestyle. But pianos and sheep are not natural bed fellows and inevitably their differing backgrounds and expectations led to some frustration. The influx of large numbers of musical Jewish refugees into Melbourne after the war was to provide intellectual opportunities for Hephzibah that her husband could not match. Although he appeared to accept some of her infidelities eventually she returned to Europe with a Jewish husband and set up a new life there. This is an interesting film, well made and with many insights from her children, siblings and friends. In some respects it is a bit sad but she had an enormous amount of energy and a generous heart for the downtrodden and underprivileged. It is well worth catching if you can find it on your local cable or cinema circuit.
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