Classical music conductor-composer-pianist Andre Previn has been a noteworthy presence in the music world for five whole decades. This fine documentary, directed by seasoned musical film director Tony Palmer, tells Previn's remarkable story. Chronicling his rise from a dispossessed Berlin refugee to an Academy Award-winning composer of film scores (GIGI, PORGY AND BESS) and conductor of two world-renowned orchestras, THE KINDNESS OF STRANGERS is a fascinating musical portrait.
André Previn still maintains a full conducting, playing and composing schedule. He is a phenomenal pianist, a conductor of profound insights, and a composer of considerable tonal originality. This film was made during the preparations, rehearsals and first performances of the opera, A Streetcar Named Desire, in San Francisco.