Possibly the heftiest piece in the picture, the celebrated pianist plays Chopin's 'Heroic' Polonaise, the director Edgar G. Ulmer feeling it as well, in the loosely-dramatic mostly-performance tribute film Carnegie Hall, 1947.
Marsha Hunt is a maid on the staff, mother of an aspiring pianist (William Prince), their chat leading to another performance, by mezzo-soprano Rise Stevens, star of the Metropolitan Opera, with a selection from her celebrated interpretation of Bizet's 'Carmen,' in Carnegie Hall, 1947.
The narrative featuring Marsha Hunt nearly abandoned here, in favor of the performance by the French-born soprano Lily Pons, singing from one of her signature roles, from Delibes' 'Lakme,' in the 1947 tribute to the famous theater, Carnegie Hall.
God's Fiddler: Jascha Heifetz -- Not since Paganini had there been such a magician on the violin.
The first modern violin virtuoso, about whom Itzhak Perlman says in the film, When I spoke with him, I thought, I can t believe it. I m talking with God . A musical wunderkind, he went on to set the standard in violin playing for nearly a century. This film portrays an artist for whom only perfection would do, so well known in popular culture that his name became shorthand for excellence for everyone from Jack Benny, to The Muppets, to Woody Allen.
Heifetz was a legendary but mysterious figure whose story embodies the dual nature of artistic genius: the paradox of how a mortal man lives with immortal gifts- gifts he must honor, but which extract a life long price. Is the man and the artist the same person? What is the price each pays? And who was the man behind the music?
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