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Two Hands: The Leon Fleisher Story (2006)

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In 1964, Leon Fleisher's career as a concert pianist was thriving. A seemingly minor accident - a cut on his right thumb - led to dystonia, the involuntary curling of his right hand's ring ... See full summary »

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Leon Fleisher ...
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Daniel B. Drachman ...
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Matt Haimovitz ...
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Andy Simionescu ...
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Katherine Jacobson-Fleisher ...
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In 1964, Leon Fleisher's career as a concert pianist was thriving. A seemingly minor accident - a cut on his right thumb - led to dystonia, the involuntary curling of his right hand's ring and little fingers. In recent interviews, Fleisher talks about what followed: the end of a marriage, despair and disappointments, surgery in 1983 that led to a brief return to the concert hall, and, finally, with Botox and Rolfing, the ability to play with two hands. In between, Fleisher discovers his ecstasies: conducting, teaching, and playing compositions for one hand commissioned in the early twentieth century for a World War I veteran. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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moving story of loss and its impact on the artist
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This short documentary begins to explore the impact of Leon Fleischer's loss of use of his hand, seemingly the critical aspect of Mr. Fleischer's meaning as an artist and perhaps as a person given the strong push of his family towards success as a pianist. What seemed the end for this artist, we learn, becomes the beginning of deep personal growth and development for Mr. Fleischer as an artist and as a person.

The interviews are shown with directness and never pity. By the movie's end I felt I knew Mr. Fleischer and wanted to know more about others in his life and how these events affected them. I hope this movie gets made into a full length film down the road.

I loved the music and the shots of Mr. Fleischer playing. As a non musician I also enjoyed hearing him discuss how to effectively teach music.


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