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
When David is talking with Katharine Prichard in her home, on the shelf behind her is a photograph of a World War I soldier. This is Lieutenant Hugo Throssell who won the Victoria Cross at Hill 60 in Gallipoii. The pair met in London where he was recuperating and later married. After a string of business failures Throssell committed suicide in 1933 and is buried in the military section of the Karrakatta cemetery in Perth, Western Australia. See more »
During the first music competition, we see one of the judges, Mr. Rosen, with his hand covering his face. The camera angle changes to the back of the room and his hand is now lower. The scene returns to view him from the side and his hand is on his face again. See more »
Rachmaninov? Are you sure?
Kind of. I'm not really sure about anything.
The Rach 3. It's monumental.
It's a mountain. The hardest piece you could everest play.
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I don't now why but when I first viewed this a few years back I did not care for it, but after watching it again I was very impressed. Maybe because I have grown more of an appreciation for classical music in that timeframe. I really don't understand how I could have missed the outstanding portrayal of the nuturing/stultifying father-son relationship, or the moving way that David can only express himself via the piano (notice how he speaks in virtually only apothems). This is a very great film.
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