Conclusion: Yaron Zilberman's A Late Quartet is a pitch-perfect film. It is very impressively directed and brilliantly acted. Excluding Mud , it is the best American film to reach my desk this year. Curzon Film World's technical presentation of A Late Quartet is equally impressive. Do not hesitate to add this release to your collections, folks. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Did you find this review helpful?
Conclusion: There's something reassuring even in A Late Quartet 's we-all-go-out-of-tune-eventually premise; it reminds us that we're not alone, and that all relationships require maintenance and practice to keep them in harmony. This is a quiet drama—almost slight —but it's very moving and universal in its examination of its characters' mid-life, late-career crises.
Excerpt: Music is one of the hardest things to get right in the realm of cinema. Before the coming of sound technology, local musicians were employed at many exhibition sites (not all of them theaters), either improvising or playing from a score generated for the film. Once sync-sound technology came around, filmmakers still had to figure out how to harness this new ability, especially where music was concerned.
Excerpt: A Late Quartet is a sophisticated look into the lives of a fictional string quartet, the “Fugue String Quartet.” The quiet drama hides behind its stellar cast and the trappings of chamber music but make no mistake, it tells a powerful story full of emotion and passion. A tightly-knit group learns its eldest member, Peter (Christopher Walken) the cello player, has developed Parkinson’s Disease and wants to retire from touring after twenty-five years.
Conclusion: 'A Late Quartet' might not hit all the right notes, but the resulting melody is still worthwhile. Despite a few narrative stumbles, Christopher Walken turns in a memorable performance, the film's central themes are potent, and its finale is beautifully realized. The video transfer is near reference quality and the audio mix is strong, reproducing all of the movie's chamber music with crisp fidelity.
Excerpt: The seven movements of Beethoven’s Op. 131, cellist Christopher Walken tells a conservatory class at the beginning of A Late Quartet , are meant to be played as a single, uninterrupted performance, which means each instrument may, over time, drift slightly out of tune with the others, each in its own particular way. So it is with the members of Walken’s string quartet: first violinist Mark Ivanir, second violinist Philip Seymour Hoffman , and violist Catherine Keener.
Excerpt: De eerste speelfilm van Yaron Zilberman is een sterk drama over een succesvol strijkkwartet. De film wordt gedragen door het goede acteerwerk, maar ook door een sterk verhaal. Bovendien is het strijkkwartet een rijke voedingsbodem voor dit alles.