As a child piano prodigy, David Helfgott's musical ambitions generate friction with his overbearing father, Peter. When Helfgott travels to London on a musical scholarship, his career as a pianist blossoms. However, the pressures of his newfound fame, coupled with the echoes of his tumultuous childhood, conspire to bring Helfgott's latent schizophrenia boiling to the surface, and he spends years in and out of various mental institutions.Written by
Actor Geoffrey Rush's theatrical training came in particularly handy in the staging of the performing scenes. "I did my own stunts at the keyboard," stated the actor, who was accustomed to the challenge of learning a new set of skills to enhance a performance. "I already knew my way around a piano, and I can read music, although very slowly. "I had a fantastic piano tutor to assist me and I worked very hard. If you are going to play Hamlet, you know you've got a big sword fight at the end, so you work on it. I was playing a concert pianist, so I needed to pull off those moments, and went into training!". Because Rush was up to the task, director Scott Hicks had much greater latitude visually and was able to cover the performance scenes from an unlimited number of angles. See more »
During the Rach 3 performance David's hands are dripping with sweat, dry, then dripping with sweat again. See more »
This movie is definitely in my top five favorite movies of all time. It is unbelievably brilliant. Geoffrey Rush, dare I say, is perhaps the greatest actor of modern times. His performance alone is worth watching, let alone the outstanding supporting cast! Definitely not in typical Hollywood fashion, the movie is a truly great indie film. A must see for music lovers and indie film lovers alike.
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