Out of print for more than 30 years, now available for the first time as
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years and first 8 NCAA Championships as UCLA Head Basketball Coach.
Notre Dame Coach Digger Phelps said, "I used this book as an inspiration
for the biggest win of my career when we ended UCLA's all-time 88-game
winning streak in 1974."
more than 40 hours of interviews with Coach Wooden, learn about the man behind the coach.
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by Tony Medley
A good last hour makes up
for a slow first hour in this film about a child prodigy who becomes
unhappy at the way his parents, principally his mother, push him to play
the piano. The film highlights the talents of real-life piano prodigy
Teo Gheorghiu, who plays Vitus (pronounced Vee-tus), the 12-year-old
talent. Gheorghiu is the real thing. He made his concerto debut at the
age of 12 at the Tonhalle, Zürich with Schumann’s Piano Concerto
accompanied by the Zürich Chamber Orchestra, which was followed by
recitals in Berne, Zürich, Basel, San Marino, London and Bad Kissingen.
The Neue Zürcher Zeitung commented, “To hear the fourteen-and-a-half
year old play takes one’s breath away.”
The 6-year-old Vitus is
played by the equally precocious Fabrizio Borsani. Says director Fredi
M. Murer, “After one scene had been shot he asked me,’Is it OK like
this, or would you like me to give you an alternative version?’”
Vitus’ mother (Julika
Jenkins) pushes him to the point of his wanting to get away from her
obsessiveness. The situation is compounded by his father’s (Urs Jucker)
precarious financial situation with his company.
Not to worry. Vitus runs
away from his family and, seemingly, his piano career, seeking refuge at
the house of his eccentric grandfather (Bruno Ganz, who stole the movie
when he played Hitler in Downfall). Vitus proves to be a prodigy
in more than the piano and the story revolves around his coming to grips
with his various talents.
While it’s a good story of
being a child, well told by Murer, who also worked on the script with
PeterLuisi and Lukas B. Suter, and well-acted, for me, there was not
enough of watching Gheorghiu play the piano. The first hour was simply
too long before the movie got into the relationship between Vitus and
his grandfather. Once the film progressed beyond that first hour,
however, it was very entertaining. Even if the story were less
interesting, however, watching the incredibly talented Gheorghiu would
be worth the price of admission.
May 9, 2007