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  • Summary: In the early 1930’s Hitler began firing Jewish musicians across Europe. Overcoming extraordinary obstacles, violinist Bronislaw Huberman moved these great musicians to Palestine and formed a symphony that would become the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. With courage, resourcefulness and an entourage of allies including Arturo Toscanini and Albert Einstein, Huberman saved close to 1000 Jews - along with the musical heritage of Europe. (First Run Features) Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Oct 23, 2012
    70
    Although the movie is overreliant on chintzy-looking and rather corny historical reenactments, these are counterbalanced by anecdote-rich interviews, including descendants of Huberman's first orchestra, human testament to the family tree of Israeli musicianship that he planted.
  2. Reviewed by: Joseph Jon Lanthier
    Oct 23, 2012
    63
    Its episodic nature poses a narrative challenge that director Josh Aronson's just barely feature-length documentary can't quite surmount.
  3. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Oct 25, 2012
    60
    Orchestra of Exiles aspires to a level of primary research that other historical documentaries could take a page from.
  4. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Oct 23, 2012
    60
    Despite lively commentaries by a pantheon of master musicians and magnificently performed classical pieces, "Exiles" only distantly echoes Huberman's visionary adventure.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Oct 25, 2012
    60
    Toscanini plays a role in the tale, as does Einstein and a young Zubin Mehta. If director Josh Aronson tries to follow a few too many strands of the story, it's only because there's so many tantalizing ones.
  6. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Nov 2, 2012
    60
    The pervasive historical reenactments and voiceovers, however, while clearly well-intended, often turn this otherwise vital film into an uneasy hybrid of authenticity and artifice.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Oct 25, 2012
    55
    Orchestra of Exiles will interest anyone who's concerned with European Jewry or classical music in the first half of the 20th century. But it provides mostly the facts of Huberman's legacy and little of the flavor.