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Chronicles the Fifth International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, hosted by The Van Cliburn Foundation... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 
Henri Robert Delbeau ... Himself
Mark Fuller ... Himself
Clark Griffith ... Himself
Ken Iisaka ... Himself
Slava Levin ... Himself
Drew Mays ... Himself
Suzanna Perez ... Herself
Richard Rodzinski ... Himself
Esfir Ross ... Herself
Kathy Trafton ... Herself

Directed by
Alex Rotaru 
 
Produced by
Matt Cooper .... executive producer
Lori Miller .... producer
Ronnie Planalp .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Brian O'Connell 
Adrian Popescu 
 
Film Editing by
Harrison Engle 
Drew Kilcoin 
 
Production Management
Marie-Hélène Riverain .... production manager
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Olivia Giachino .... assistant camera
Brandon Knieper .... additional cinematography
Philip Pelphrey .... camera operator
 

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
I loved this movie!, 3 February 2009
Author: tomgallaher2006 from United States

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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