God's Fiddler: Jascha Heifetz
God's Fiddler: Jascha Heifetz (2011)

The only film biography of the world's most renowned violinist, featuring family home movies in Los Angeles and all over the world. -- (C) Official Site

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 11, 2011
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ronnie Scheib
Variety

Once Heifetz becomes a household name, Rosen struggles mightily to milk drama not from his musical genius, but from his relatively unremarkable personal life.

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Andrew Schenker
Village Voice

His lightning-fast fingers can't fail to impress even those unschooled in the classical idiom, but when not center stage, Heifetz proves a far more elusive figure, firmly out of the grasp of Rosen's film.

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Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine

It betrays the essence of its subject while attempting to make it more streamlined and palatable for the apathetic viewer.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Music aficionados will thrill to see these clips unearthed, but even they may wonder whether a televised special might have been the most appropriate venue.

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Poignant, but ultimately underwhelming and lacking insight.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A documentary on the life and artistry of the 20th century's first virtuoso violinist.

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

The film, though generous with doses of Heifetz in performance, isn't entirely successful at illuminating the man.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

Classical musicians considered Jascha Heifetz to be God himself, and this rewarding documentary provides ample evidence of that-but this particular God was also kind of cruel.

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