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They Came to Play (2008)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 25 October 2008 (USA)
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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I loved this movie!
3 February 2009 | by See all my reviews

I loved this movie, a documentary of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition for Amateurs. This is one of the best movies I've ever seen. It's a perfect combination of interesting men and women from around the world and some of the best music the world has ever known. That these great pianists are "ordinary" people only adds to the delight of the movie. And without trying to be funny, the movie is surprisingly funny.

The stories of the players are fascinating: some were funny, some were poignant, one was downright sad. Each of the featured contestants gets just the right amount of time on camera. And as the movie progresses, you see and hear more of their wonderful talent. By the end of the movie, I found myself hoping so much that one especially intriguing contestant would win. If you like classical music, you'll love this movie. If you don't like classical music, you'll still love this movie.


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