6.9/10
60
3 user 2 critic

Two Hands: The Leon Fleisher Story (2006)

In 1964, Leon Fleisher's career as a concert pianist was thriving. A seemingly minor accident - a cut on his right thumb - led to dystonia, the involuntary curling of his right hand's ring ... See full summary »

Director:

Nathaniel Kahn
Reviews
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

My Architect (2003)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Director Nathaniel Kahn searches to understand his father, noted architect Louis Kahn, who died bankrupt and alone in 1974.

Director: Nathaniel Kahn
Stars: Edmund Bacon, Edwina Pattison Daniels, Balkrishna Doshi
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

With unprecedented access to pivotal artists and the white-hot market surrounding them, this film dives deep into the contemporary art world, holding a fun-house mirror up to our values and... See full summary »

Director: Nathaniel Kahn
Stars: Amy Cappellazzo, George Condo, Njideka Akunyili Crosby
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Miranda Smith
Stars: Andie MacDowell
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Geoffrey O'Connor's candid, first-person account of his experiences filming the turbulent political events in the Brazilian Amazon. This includes filming sequences on the assassination of ... See full summary »

Director: Geoffrey O'Connor
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Leon Fleisher Leon Fleisher ... Himself
Daniel B. Drachman Daniel B. Drachman ... Himself (as Daniel B. Drachman MD)
Tessy Brungardt Tessy Brungardt ... Herself
Matt Haimovitz Matt Haimovitz ... Himself
Andy Simionescu Andy Simionescu ... Himself
Katherine Jacobson-Fleisher Katherine Jacobson-Fleisher ... Herself
Ben Kim Ben Kim ... Himself
Almo Pagin Almo Pagin ... Himself
Regina Shenderovich Regina Shenderovich ... Herself
Erikson Rojas Erikson Rojas ... Himself
Edit

Storyline

In 1964, Leon Fleisher's career as a concert pianist was thriving. A seemingly minor accident - a cut on his right thumb - led to dystonia, the involuntary curling of his right hand's ring and little fingers. In recent interviews, Fleisher talks about what followed: the end of a marriage, despair and disappointments, surgery in 1983 that led to a brief return to the concert hall, and, finally, with Botox and Rolfing, the ability to play with two hands. In between, Fleisher discovers his ecstasies: conducting, teaching, and playing compositions for one hand commissioned in the early twentieth century for a World War I veteran. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 2006 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Crazy Boat Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
moving story of loss and its impact on the artist
16 March 2007 | by rdhdkidSee all my reviews

This short documentary begins to explore the impact of Leon Fleischer's loss of use of his hand, seemingly the critical aspect of Mr. Fleischer's meaning as an artist and perhaps as a person given the strong push of his family towards success as a pianist. What seemed the end for this artist, we learn, becomes the beginning of deep personal growth and development for Mr. Fleischer as an artist and as a person.

The interviews are shown with directness and never pity. By the movie's end I felt I knew Mr. Fleischer and wanted to know more about others in his life and how these events affected them. I hope this movie gets made into a full length film down the road.

I loved the music and the shots of Mr. Fleischer playing. As a non musician I also enjoyed hearing him discuss how to effectively teach music.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed