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In the 60s Brazilian pianist João Carlos Martins was considered the rival of Glenn Gould as an interpreter of Bach. At the height of his career he injured his right arm playing soccer, and his life began a series of twists: he was by turns a stockbroker and a boxing promoter, then returned to the piano, recording extensively but rarely performing. In this 2003 documentary from Germany, Irene Langemann follows Martins as he attempts another return to the stage playing music for the left hand alone. Langemann captures his vitality with telling details—like the way his now useless right hand hovers near the keyboard when he plays. In English and subtitled Portuguese. 96 min.

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