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They Came to Play (2008)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Music | 25 October 2008 (USA)
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Chronicles the Fifth International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, hosted by The Van Cliburn Foundation. Players from all over the world, ranging from self-taught to ... See full summary »

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Alex Rotaru
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Credited cast:
Henri Robert Delbeau Henri Robert Delbeau ... Himself
Mark Fuller Mark Fuller ... Himself
Clark Griffith Clark Griffith ... Himself
Ken Iisaka Ken Iisaka ... Himself
Slava Levin Slava Levin ... Himself
Drew Mays Drew Mays ... Himself
Suzanna Perez Suzanna Perez ... Herself
Richard Rodzinski Richard Rodzinski ... Himself
Esfir Ross Esfir Ross ... Herself
Kathy Trafton Kathy Trafton ... Herself
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Chronicles the Fifth International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, hosted by The Van Cliburn Foundation. Players from all over the world, ranging from self-taught to classically-trained, aged thirty-five to almost eighty, convene in Fort Worth, Texas for a week of intense competition, music and camaraderie. The film the film provides an intimate look into the lives of these colorful, multi-faceted competitors as they strive to balance the demands of work and family with their love of music. Years of dedicated preparation culminate in critical performances before a professional jury and discerning audience during three nerve-wracking elimination rounds. Written by Anonymous

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When your dream calls will you answer?

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Documentary | Music

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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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25 October 2008 (USA) See more »

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Riveting, touching - and tremendously funny
24 February 2009 | by mona-nicoaraSee all my reviews

I saw this film in New York together with a large audience that was roaring with laughter. The characters are impeccably selected, every shot is delightfully planned and composed, and the editing is intelligent and fast-paced. The filmmakers show tremendous compassion and admiration for their subjects, while keeping the film light, quirky, and funny. Combine that with a deep understanding not only of classical music, but also of the vagaries of human destiny, and you've got a pretty difficult balancing act.The fact that, after laughing with the characters for almost two hours, the New York audience rose to its feet to give a hero's welcome to the finalists of the competition, who were in attendance, is a testament to the filmmakers' ability to pull this balancing act flawlessly.


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