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Alison Chernick's documentary of Itzhak Perlman is a fond portrait of the violinist / The New York Times

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Alison Chernick's documentary is a fond portrait of the violinist Itzhak Perlman. He makes "garbage-pail soup" for Alan Alda; plays the national anthem for a Mets game; collaborates, jovially and seemingly scrubbed of ego, with other musicians. Most important, he plays, filling the film with the yearning strains of his instrument. Ample archival material shows a child sensation playing on the "Ed Sullivan Show" in 1958 and a young man performing in Israel in 1974 - and more impassioned music.

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