A Conversation for 'The Goldberg Variations' by JS Bach
Bach by Joao Carlos Martins
Alfredo Started conversation Jul 23, 2005
Any story-teller would be hard-pressed to invent a biography as incredible as the life of Brazil's celebrated star pianist, João Carlos Martins.
Success and personal tragedies, traumatic injuries and triumphant comebacks mark his fate. In the early sixties, this temperamental Brazilian, who plays soccer as passionately as he plays the piano, is celebrated as the greatest interpreter of the music of Bach next to Glenn Gould. But a disastrous injury throws his life off balance. One escapade follows the other.
In the late nineties, Martins' career seems finally over, when he has to undergo surgery to sever the nerves of his right hand. The one-armed pianist decides to attempt a comeback with his left hand only. With fanatic fervor he makes his left hand work for two.
The date for a concert with a renowned orchestra is already set - and yet again, the inconceivable happens. Martins is devastated. His dream to create something great on the piano seems finally buried.
The film accompanies João Carlos Martins during his darkest hours, traces the early triumphs and dramatic events of his life. Unique film sequences from his childhood and early years breathe life into this scintillating universe.
Martins' encounters with his friends, the soccer genius Pelé and the legendary jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, provide moments of bliss. And in the end, once again a small miracle occurs.
A film about a man, who never gives up and remains true to his passion – music.
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