BERNSTEIN’S WALL

BERNSTEIN’S WALL

2021 (USA) 105 minutes

Directed by: Douglas Tirola

An enlightening look at one of the greatest music figures of the 20th century whose passion and drive took him well beyond the music he wrote and conducted. Spanning the breadth of a life interwoven with key historic moments outside the concert hall, Bernstein’s Wall follows the son of a Russian Jewish immigrant who arrives in New York from his Boston hometown to eventually become Conductor of the New York Philharmonic, and becomes a household name thanks to numerous television appearances, educating the public on all things symphonic, West Side Story, being seen with celebrities and politicians, and his crossing-the-line activism, from protesting the Vietnam War to (controversially) supporting the Black Panthers. The film also incorporates Bernstein’s personal life – his fraught relationship with his father, his marriage, his family life, his struggles to be at peace with his sexuality – to paint a complex portrait of a complex, driven individual who produced some of the most memorable music of his time as a product of those times. 

Premiere – 2021 Tribeca Film Festival

Director Douglas Tirola in attendance