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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.


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


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


Seymour Bernstein: In contemplating my own connection to music, I always return to the same answer: universal order. If the heavenly constellations offer us visual proof of this order, then music must be its aural manifestation. Through its language we become one with the stars.
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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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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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Release Date:

10 September 2015 (Netherlands) See more »

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA


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Opening Weekend USA:

$26,587, 15 March 2015

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