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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Seymour Bernstein Seymour Bernstein ... Himself
Ethan Hawke ... Himself
Sam Bachelor Sam Bachelor ... Himself
Jiyang Chen Jiyang Chen ... Himself
Kimball Gallagher Kimball Gallagher ... Himself
Andrew Harvey Andrew Harvey ... Himself
Junko Ichikawa Junko Ichikawa ... Herself
Michael Kimmelman Michael Kimmelman ... Himself
Joseph Smith Joseph Smith ... Himself
Joel Bernache Joel Bernache ... Himself
Ronald Coners Ronald Coners ... Himself
Marcia Eckert Marcia Eckert ... Herself
Cong Ji Cong Ji ... Herself
Liam Kaplan Liam Kaplan ... Himself
Aileen Li Aileen Li ... Herself


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

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


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Release Date:

10 September 2015 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

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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The title of the film comes from the J. D. Salinger novella, Seymour: An Introduction. See more »


Impromptu In A Flat Major, D.899 No. 4
written by Franz Schubert
performed by Clifford Curzon
courtesy of Decca Music Group Ltd.
under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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An amiable documentary subject
9 December 2018 | by proud_ludditeSee all my reviews

Ethan Hawke directs and appears in this American documentary whose subject is Seymour Bernstein, a renowned pianist who stopped performing in concerts at age fifty and began teaching.

Bernstein is a delightful man in his eighties whose philosophies of life interchange with those of his art. During the film, he mentors Hawke who is now reflecting on his own choices of life and art.

Some of the best dialogue occurs at the beginning and end of the film when the amiable Bernstein speaks of the conflict of trying to mix the inner soul of an artist with the outer commercial and social worlds. It is also fascinating to hear him speak of nervousness before performing. More movie time, however, is spent in his teaching techniques. While this is less interesting than the other discussions, this remains a fine film overall.

There is genuine modesty in Bernstein's personality (compare him to the many less talented people who hire publicists) and likewise that of Hawke for openly admitting his own insecurities. And there is nearly always beautiful classical piano music in the background.

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