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Title:
Shine
Author:
Hicks, Scott.
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
[New York] : New Line Home Video, [1997]

©1997
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (105 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Story of Australian pianist David Helfgott. He experiences a nervous breakdown and is hospitalized, but later returns to the concert hall.
General Note:
Videodisc release of the 1996 Australian motion picture.

Special features include cast biographies and filmographies; interview with director; Geoffrey Rush's Golden Globe speech; theatrical trailer.

Closed-captioned.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
Rated PG-13.
Personal Subject:
ISBN:
9780780619586
UPC:
794043454622
Format :
DVD

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The true story of a gifted Australian piano prodigy, this biographical drama was nominated for seven Oscars, with actor Geoffrey Rush winning for Best Actor. Rush stars as David Helfgott, a pianist with a history of mental problems. As a fragile boy genius at math, chess, and piano, David is driven hard by his overbearing father (Armin Mueller-Stahl), a tyrant who forbids him to accept a scholarship offered by the great violinist Isaac Stern. Although he studies briefly in London under tutor Cecil Parks (John Gielgud), David has a nervous breakdown after performing Rachmaninoff's daunting "Piano Concerto No. 3" (known as the "Rach 3"). Years later, the adult David keeps up a steady patter of nervous stammering at all times and has been reduced to playing in a bar. Through a friend, he meets astrologer Gillian (Lynn Redgrave), and falls in love with her. With Gillian's help, David embarks down the road to regained fame and mastery of the "Rach 3." The international popularity of Shine caused a sensation leading to a musical tour for Helfgott, whose performances were less adroit than many audiences expected, sparking criticism that writer-director Scott Hicks had exaggerated his subject's talent for dramatic purposes. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi