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Yehudi Menuhin: Who Was Yehudi? (2016)

A biography of the child prodigy and world-famous musician Yehudi Menuhin to mark the centenary of his birth.


James Maycock


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Credited cast:
Zamira Benthall Zamira Benthall ... Herself
Edward Elgar Edward Elgar ... Himself (archive footage)
Diana Gould Diana Gould ... Herself (archive footage)
Christopher Hope ... Himself
Allen Jenkins ... Himself (archive footage)
Nigel Kennedy Nigel Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Tasmin Little Tasmin Little ... Herself
Hephzibah Menuhin Hephzibah Menuhin ... Herself (archive footage)
Krov Menuhin Krov Menuhin ... Himself
Moshe Menuhin Moshe Menuhin ... Himself (archive footage)
Yehudi Menuhin ... Himself (archive footage)
Nola Ruby Nicholas Nola Ruby Nicholas ... Herself (archive footage)
Sarah Pietsch Sarah Pietsch ... Herself - Presenter
Anoushka Shankar ... Herself
Ravi Shankar ... Himself (archive footage)


A biography of the child prodigy and world-famous musician Yehudi Menuhin to mark the centenary of his birth.

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24 April 2016 (UK) See more »

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Subject deserves a more intelligent insight
17 June 2016 | by georgemiller-61377See all my reviews

A pretty piece of fluff, hosted by a pretty piece of blond fluff. There's no doubt that Yehudi Menuhin was a phenomenon and a ubiquitous symbol of goodwill. In a just world, he would have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, instead of warmongers like Obama or Roosevelt. However, a string of film clips, demonstrating his richly varied achievements, coupled with a mainly pedestrian narration, doesn't add up to a worthy summary of his life. Moreover, the film offers an unbalanced judgment of its subject. Anyone who has read about Menuhin will know that his first marriage failed due to incompatibility after only 9 years, whereas his second marriage, to Diana Gould, his steadfast companion, lasted for 52 years, or the remainder of his life. Yet this film is an appropriation of Menuhin by the offspring of his first marriage alone, who were of minimal importance in his life. Indeed, the respectively affected and pompous opinions of his daughter and first son demonstrate, by their ignorance, their marginal status. Both of them having been absent from Menuhin's life during almost the entirety of their formative years, they are now incapable of delivering anything but an uninformed verdict on their father. The film's title 'Who was Yehudi?' is thus only a confirmation of their own inadequacy in attempting to explain someone they hardly knew and could not understand. Sad. Those who want to see an informed documentary about Menuhin should watch Bruno Monsaingeon's film.

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