Is Chopin's Music too beautiful?
A dialogue between the film's director-pianist Ophra Yerushalmi and other musicians and artists takes on this paradox.

The film was born one afternoon at the Père Lachaise cemetary in Paris, triggered by the gesture of a young couple laying a bouquet of flowers at Chopin's grave.

Chopins Afterlife is a personal essay of a concert pianist searching for Frédéric Chopin. "I am a pianist because of Chopin. He has been a constant presence in my life". Chopin's music is the work of one of the boldest minds in music history. The film is an attempt to bridge the gap between Chopin the romantic and Chopin the revolutionary - to understand what is unique about the music and its meaning for us today.

"In the process of making this film I have found Chopin increasingly fascinating and intriguing". This documentary hopes to challenge the viewers to ask their own, new questions about Chopin's gift and his gift to us.

Chopin's Afterlife had its first public screening in New York at the Yamaha Salon of YASI on November 3, 2005 and in Cracow, Poland on December 7, 2005.

Chopin’s Afterlife has been selected by FILMAKERS LIBRARY for their 2007 catalogue.The film will be aired on CUNY-TV 75 on Chopin’s Birthday, March 1st.

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