The Return of the Violin
Directed by Haim Hecht. With Joshua Bell. This new documentary tells the remarkable story of a 1731 Stradivarius violin once owned by Israeli Philharmonic founder Bronislaw Huberman. Stolen in 1936 while Huberman played Carnegie Hall, it remained "lost" for nearly 50 years but was rediscovered in 1985 covered with shoe polish. Meticulously restored after being returned to Lloyd's of London, it was eventually put up for sale as a museum piece. Disturbed that such an instrument would remain silent, American virtuoso Joshua Bell purchased the Huberman Stradivarius and now plays it during his concerts. Bell will answer questions after the screening. Cleveland premiere. (Israel, 2012, color, subtitles, video)
Presented as part of the Cleveland Israel Arts Connection, a program of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. Special admission $12; CMA members, seniors 65 & over, and students $10; no passes or vouchers. Thanks to Debra Yasinow and Deborah Bobrow.