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Nominated for a 2019 Grammy for Best Music Documentary, Itzhak uncovers the story of a polio survivor who became one of classical music’s superstars, while also exploring themes of Jewish identity, Jewish history, humor and love. This engaging documentary explores Perlman’s life beyond the violin and features stunning performances as well as interviews with Billy Joel, Alan Alda, cellist Mischa Maisky and others for an intimate and rare window into the life and character of this iconic performer.

Emily Isaacson, of the Oratorio Chorale, and Artistic Director of the Portland Bach Experience will speak following the film.

“Shows how even a violin whiz can crack wise.” Washington Post

“A joyous film about a joyous man.” Roger Ebert


Documentary / Dir: Alison Chernick / 2017 / USA / 82 min


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Festival Calendar


Portland Museum of Art

7 Congress Square,
Portland, ME


Thursday, March 14, 11:30am


Documentary, Music

Running Time

82 minutes


This film is also being shown at the Bangor Mall Cinemas on Mar 17 at 11:30 AM

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Additional Showtimes

Sunday, March 17, 11:30am (Bangor Mall Cinemas)