Tony Palmer’s controversial portrait through interviews with Menuhin, his children and other relatives, that honestly deal with what was technically a family, yet remained dysfunctional in the extreme.
Menuhin, a name that was legendary for over 60 years, and remains so today. A good man and a great violinist, whose childhood was blessed with happiness and success unparalleled even among child prodigies. At least, that was the legend.
The truth was painfully different. Filmed in Berlin, Dresden, Vienna, Moscow, New York, San Francisco and Switzerland, and using much material not seen previously from Menuhin's own archive, Tony Palmer’s heart-rending and multi-award winning film included all the members of Menuhin's family living at the time, who struggle to piece together what had really happened to the son of Russian/ Tartar parents who was defiantly named Yehudi - ‘the Jew'.
UK · 1990 · Tony Palmer · 105min