‘4 Hands’ is a remarkable film . First of all, two amazing people (piano-players) talk, often very amusingly. And then we see and hear their complete extraordinary concert , including the encore, very nicely filmed. The usual conventions of film time are completely jettisoned. We hear all the music in real time. This alone makes the film very valuable. A film in a new tradition, to programme next to, perhaps, Alex Reuben’s documentary on New Orleans dance - Routes’.
I think 4 Hands, directed by Yasuhiko Shirai, is one of the most remarkable films I have seen documenting creative artists at work. It is also innovative and a must see for anybody who loves the music of Cecil Taylor.
...The elegant, relaxed pace of the film adopted by it's director,Yasuhiko Shirai, allows the music to breathe. It also allows the audience the opportunity and the space to take in the spectacle and reflect while negotiating the shifting tides of sound that oscillate between a shimmering calm and a fierce storm. '4 Hands' is a film both it's director and it participants can be proud of. ... read all