Note By Note: The Making Of The Steinway L1037

Directed by Ben Niles

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2007, 80 min

In our age of mass-production and consumption, what is the role of the musician—both an instrument’s craftsman and its player? Musically, what have we gained? More importantly, what are we losing?

Press

Like an elegant set of theme and variations, director Ben Niles' beautiful, probing documentary about music and craftsmanship takes a simple idea and follows it in a number of directions.

San Francisco Chronicle

gorgeously composed and photographed...capable of inducing spiritual/physical rapture

Los Angeles Times

With its precise editing and thoughtful storytelling, "Note by Note" is a celebration of craftsmanship- of a piano and of film.

Salt Lake Tribune

a documentary as harmonious as it is fascinating...rests at a nexus of hand, heart and mind. It's a gorgeous picture, visually and musically...superb.

Harleston Post And Courier

a lovely documentary on one of the last holdouts in a techno-centric world

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

full of surprising thrills

Pittsburgh Tribune Review

A heartwarming story about the universality of music

Houston Chronicle

Recommended...both calming and engaging

Portland Mercury

inspirational to watch

Chicago Tribune

classy and unexpectedly moving

The Oregonian

a masterly composition of eye and ear, hand and heart, labor and music.

Chicago Sun Times

a look at people whose hands, eyes, hearts and minds all work together... together they assemble one of the world's most wonderful man-made things.

Hartford Courant

a love letter to a vanishing mode of production, with more than a hint of elegy.

The Boston Globe

....engrossing

Time Out Chicago

skillfully and adoringly made...a love song to the instrument responsible for so many.

Real Detroit Weekly

Ben Niles' Note by Note is a beauty...a lovely adventure.

New City Chicago

in their meticulous attention to detail, the blue-collar workers seem just as artistic as any musician.

Chicago Reader

They say that every piano has a soul; if only every movie had one as warm and rich as Note by Note.

Detroit Metro Times

a tribute to the superiority of human craftsmanship over mass production and a celebration of art over pure commercialism.

Oklahoma Gazette

...a paean to the rewards of old-fashioned craftsmanship.

New York Times

a Miracle--Beethoven would have been pleased.

The New Republic

fascinating and delightful.

Salon

remarkably absorbing.

New York Magazine

....essentially New York.

Time Out New York

engrossing! a stirring symphony of specialized labor.

Village Voice

a sure bet for music lovers.

TVGuide.com

delightful.

NY Post

a distinct pleasure.

The Washington Post

Ben Niles approaches his subject con amore.

Variety

a fascinating documentary that more than just piano lovers can enjoy.

Hollywood Reporter

it's the craftspeople and their work, and the pianos themselves, that are the real stars.

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