Jascha Heifetz: God’s Fiddler
This American Master’s documentary explores how a Jewish boy from Vilna became one of the world’s greatest violin players. Although a complicated personality (divorced twice and selective with his friendships), musicians—including Itzhak Perlman—former students and biographers discuss his unmatched standard of music. Actor Danny Burstein’s narration from Heifetz’s personal letters, footage from home movies and brilliant concert clips create an intimate portrait. Thirteen Productions LLC for WNET/Peter Rosen Productions (stream for free on www.pbs.org/americanmasters; dvd available from www.kulturvideo.com).