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Seymour: An Introduction (2014)

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Meet Seymour Bernstein: a beloved pianist, teacher and true inspiration who shares eye-opening insights from an amazing life. Ethan Hawke helms this poignant guide to life.


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Credited cast:
Seymour Bernstein Seymour Bernstein ... Himself
Jiyang Chen Jiyang Chen ... Himself
Ethan Hawke ... Himself
Junko Ichikawa Junko Ichikawa ... Herself - Pianist
Elissa Miller-Kay Elissa Miller-Kay ... Herself - Pianist
Marcus Ostermiller Marcus Ostermiller ... Himself


Director Ethan Hawke explores the life and lessons of piano teacher Seymour Bernstein. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG for some mild thematic elements | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

10 September 2015 (Netherlands) See more »

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Сеймур: Краткое представление See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,587, 15 March 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$580,000, 3 May 2015
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Excerpts from the Seymour Bernstein book WITH YOUR OWN TWO HANDS, are read by him; courtesy of Manduca Music. See more »


Lullaby doe Carrieann
written by Franz Schubert
performed by Seymour Bernstein
courtesy of Seeless Productions, Inc. ' Manduca Music
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must see for every artist (and/or emotionally erudite human)
8 April 2015 | by niceberg-29152See all my reviews

I wept, equally of joy and sadness, for most of an hour and forty minutes. Sit up front and go alone. See it at a theater only. This film is so quiet and delicate...and it just sneaks up on you and goes right through into your heart, gut, soul. It may be the most extraordinary film I've ever seen on the subject of artistry, creativity and its inner workings.....and I've see a few greats:(Frida, Turner, Vivian Maier, etc.)

'Seymour' is about devotion, love, inspiration. And it's big secret is that it GIVES THIS RIGHT TO YOU as you bear witness, if you let it get inside. You cannot go back into the world now. Well, not for a while. Not until you get over to the musical instrument, the pen or type, the camera, the canvas, the clay.

Ethan Hawke....what are you doing to us? The understated, magnificent director you have become! Thank you for this.

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