Full Frame Film Festival

April 8, 2017

This intensely personal encounter with Ruzickova convincingly demonstrates the existence of hope and perseverance throughout the Czech Republic’s turbulent 20th century. Can the beauty of Bach’s music provide healing from the atrocities of the Holocaust and the subsequent persecution of artists by Stalinist regimes? Some familiar archival footage is used judiciously in this context, but the film is mostly a paean to the music of Bach as well as the extraordinary talent of this influential harpsichordist. Directors Peter Getzels and Harriet Gordon Getzels provide us with a history lesson not to be forgotten, especially in times of totalitarian threats.


Complex Mosaic

February 23, 2017

The film captured so many issues...Jewish history, human suffering, music, perseverance, the ability to tell, the amazing roller coaster of Europe as exemplified by the events in Czechoslovakia, are just a few of the aspects highlighted so beautifully.  One always wonders how many Zuzanas who did not have Frank Vogl as a cousin disappeared from our memory without trace. You have succeeded in carrying out the monumental task of immortalizing the legacy of such an important personality and, along the way, enabling future generations to be exposed or at least to have a glimpse of the complex mosaic of our recent history.  

- A.F.

With Love and Depth

 February 23, 2017

I was enormously impressed by Zuzana's "performance," the details and stories she recalled, and her ability to talk about her experiences with clarity, depth and love. She touched me profoundly. You also found and secured amazing footage to create the film. Bravo to all the artists who did the filming and all the producers.

- R.C.

Joy of Music

February 22, 2017

I thought about Zuzana Ruzickova's life a lot last night and continue to do so this morning.  I learned so much including about Czechoslovakian history. In addition to emphasizing the joy and rejuvenation principles of music, the film emphasizes, as you know, human dignity and incredible strength. It is a riveting film, and needs to be shown, especially these days.

- K.G.

Private Screening in new york

February 22, 2017

To have a movie haunt me into the evening and next day resonates to the impact of the film. As a spiritual being Zuzana's message of hope and letting go of anger and connection just resonated personally to me. It was all about her choices in the end after overcoming horrific events. I just wanted to reach out and hug her...she was so real, so smart and so forthcoming. It must have been amazing to get to know this incredible woman.     
- Maxine Lange, Principal, Bermax Corporation

Chilling, Inspiring

February 7, 2017

We found the film to be moving, impactful and captivating. Zuzana’s life at once serves as a model of living to the fullest (no matter how daunting and unfathomable the obstacles) and simultaneously offers a chilling, though ultimately inspiring, history lesson as well.

 - Film Festival Committee

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