February 6, 2013
A GIFT FOR OPERA LOVERS!
Dustin Hoffman directs a film that vacillates between the vicissitudes, decrepitude of once- gifted musicians and their resistance or acceptance of their octogenarian state and faded fame; flirting with poignancy but never quite grasping it; the characters become comical ?caricatures? of diminished vitality, spouting maudlin repartee. Michael Cambon was particularly annoying as the grousing director...
Somerset Maugham said that ?art is an emotion, a language that all can understand?; this thread of emotion resonates profoundly throughout ?Quartet? , overcoming its flaws, gifting viewers hope, that as sunsets and sunrises become fewer, they still have the potency, power to splendidly dazzle, awe, as in one?s youth...
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