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They Came to Play (2008)

Chronicles the Fifth International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, hosted by The Van Cliburn Foundation. Players from all over the world, ranging from self-taught to ... See full summary »

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Chronicles the Fifth International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, hosted by The Van Cliburn Foundation. Players from all over the world, ranging from self-taught to classically-trained, aged thirty-five to almost eighty, convene in Fort Worth, Texas for a week of intense competition, music and camaraderie. The film the film provides an intimate look into the lives of these colorful, multi-faceted competitors as they strive to balance the demands of work and family with their love of music. Years of dedicated preparation culminate in critical performances before a professional jury and discerning audience during three nerve-wracking elimination rounds. Written by Anonymous

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Better than the Olympics!
18 February 2009 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I saw the film at a screening here in Los Angeles last year. I'll confess, I know the both the director and editor and am very fond of them and their work. Regardless, this is a brisk, captivating, and compelling depiction of an "amateur" competition that will knock the socks off anyone with a pulse. These are everyday folks who possess--or are possessed by--herculean skills, and the film really gets inside them...quirks, warts, and all. You're as likely to squirm with unease as you are squeal with delight, and be equally gratified either way. This is a wonderful film about conviction and obsession, a joyride through the artistic soul.


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