7.8/10
158
1 user 3 critic

Nelson Freire (2003)

Documentary about Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire, and his relationship with music.
Reviews
6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Martha Argerich Martha Argerich ... Self
Fred Astaire ... Self (archive footage)
Nelson Freire Nelson Freire ... Self
Erroll Garner ... Self (archive footage)
Rita Hayworth ... Self (archive footage)
Henrique Morelenbaum Henrique Morelenbaum ... Self
Learn more

More Like This 

Santiago (2007)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Documentary about Santiago, a peculiar man who used to work for the director and his parents as a butler. The material was filmed in 1992 but, for some strange reason, the director felt he ... See full summary »

Director: João Moreira Salles
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A personal essay which analyses and compares images of the political upheavals of the 1960s. From the military coup in Brazil to China's Cultural Revolution, from the student uprisings in Paris to the end of the Prague Spring.

Director: João Moreira Salles
Entreatos (2004)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Director João Moreira Salles and a small crew followed Presidential candidate Luís Inácio Lula da Silva's campaign in meetings, rallies, planes, TV debates, with his family, political ... See full summary »

Director: João Moreira Salles
Stars: Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, José Dirceu, Luís Gushiken
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Documentary about urban violence in Brazil, especially in Rio de Janeiro. Policemen, drug dealers, and shantytown dwellers get trapped into a daily war that knows no winners.

Directors: Kátia Lund, João Moreira Salles
Stars: Nilton Cerqueira, Carlos Luis Gregório, Paulo Lins
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Young Tony decides to return to his hometown. There, he discovers his father has returned to France claiming to miss his friends and country of origin. Tony ends up becoming a teacher, and finds himself amid conflicts and inexperience.

Director: Selton Mello
Stars: Vincent Cassel, Selton Mello, Ondina Clais
Pina (2011)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A tribute to the late German choreographer, Pina Bausch, as her dancers perform her most famous creations.

Director: Wim Wenders
Stars: Pina Bausch, Regina Advento, Malou Airaudo
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

The daily lives and routine of 37 families living in a huge 12-story building in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro: their drama, aspirations, intimate revelations, loneliness, dreams...

Director: Eduardo Coutinho
Stars: Fernando José
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Juninho, Menor, Neguinho, Adilson and Eldo are young dwellers of Nacional's neighborhood, Contagem's suburbs. Divided between work and fun, crime and hope, each one of them will have to ... See full summary »

Director: Affonso Uchoa
Stars: Maurício Chagas, Aristides de Sousa, Eldo Rodrigues
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A portrait of conteporary China from Tai-chi-chuan to chinese arts.

Director: João Moreira Salles
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Eduardo Coutinho was filming a movie with the same name in the Northeast of Brazil, in 1964, when there came the military coup. He had to interrupt the project, and came back to it in 1981,... See full summary »

Director: Eduardo Coutinho
Stars: Eduardo Coutinho, Tite de Lemos, Ferreira Gullar
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A loser of a crook and his wife strike it rich when a botched bank job's cover business becomes a spectacular success.

Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Woody Allen, Tracey Ullman, Hugh Grant
Blues (1990)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Documentary about American black music.

Director: João Moreira Salles
Edit

Storyline

Documentary about Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire, and his relationship with music.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Features You'll Never Get Rich (1941) See more »

User Reviews

 
Nelson Freire: a quite good documentary, a wonderful portrait of a great artist!
5 May 2003 | by wcavucaSee all my reviews

João Moreira Salles' "Nelson Freire" is a film-documentary about the great Brazilian pianist, who is certainly among the five great pianists of the world today. Nelson Freire is a quite discreet / shy person and João Salles respected this feature of his personality. During almost two years he followed the pianist around the world to compose a film, made of 31 thematic sections to cover the many aspects of the life of this genius of the piano. A single interview given by Nelson Freire to João Salles in the last days of the filming was conveniently used during all movie to portray the pianist in a remarkable way. In the documentary, Nelson Freire is seen in his house, in the back stage of his concerts and rehearsing alone or with his close friend, the notable pianist Marta Argerich, also among the top world pianists, who he met when he was a teenager. He was also filmed after the concerts, giving autographs and talking - in his special way - with fans. One of the best and full of emotion moments is the reading made of a letter of his father to Freire when he was only 6 years old, in which he mentions the tough decision to move the family from a small city in the country of Brazil to Rio de Janeiro, then the Federal Capital, to allow for the boy - already recognized as prodigy - to continue his piano studies. Also full of emotion is the moment when Nelson Freire makes a touching musical reverence to the legendary (Brazilian) pianist Guiomar Novaes, who used to call him as the "little Rubinstein". She enters the movie when Nelson Freire, at home, plays one of his recordings of a melody from Christoph Willibald Gluck's "Orfeo ed Euridice". Which is also played by him as a "bis" of one of his recitals. Some remarkable and quite interesting for the music fans are the sequences of rehearsals with Martha Argerich and with the St Petesburg orchestra and those of Nelson Freire "polishing" a difficult part of Brahms' second piano concerto. There is also room for humor in the documentary. Besides his unique and hilarious sequence in an interview to a French TV, Nelson Freire is caught in a very funny "fight" with a specific piano Steinway, hours before a recital. Then, he seems to treat the piano like a living creature and mentions that "this piano does not like me, although I have not done anything to it." Indeed, João Salles managed to make a quite good and, mostly, a touching movie about a great artist, respecting Nelson Freire's personality, somehow introspective. Do not expect a film strictly about Nelson Freire's life. This is a film about an artist, about life, about music. It is a film for those who enjoy a good documentary; however, it is a "must", a wonderful picture especially for those who also enjoy good music.


10 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese | English | French

Release Date:

2 May 2003 (Brazil) See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgium See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

VideoFilmes See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.



Recently Viewed