Quartet is a movie I have wanted to see ever since I saw Dustin Hoffman, the director, introduce the movie on the Stephen Colbert Show. Actually, I don’t have a TV and I do not usually watch the Stephen Colbert Show; I decided because I knew the music and the performance that the movie was highlighting therefore it must be providence that I see this movie and that I had been on at the right place a the right time to learn of it. It is Hoffman’s debut movie as a director.
Wonders never cease – or coincidences! – about a month later the movie was reviewed on one of my favorite reads the blog WONDERS IN THE DARK. The movie was open and showing in New York City and the surrounding areas.
I called the two theater groups in my town and the Film Society theater and none of the folks had ever heard of the movie and it was not on the calendar what so ever.
Many months later, my neighbor, a 50+ years piano teacher, said she drove north to the next big city and the movie was playing for 5 days at the Arts Theater there. She wished she could see it again because she enjoyed it so very much. I was jealous.
I could not afford the gas money and a theater ticket also.
I put it on my Movies at Home queue and hoped for the best. I kept searching for it on the online streaming venues.
AT LAST! Quartet showed up in my queue, I immediately moved it to the top of my list and there it was in my mailbox. Hip Hip Hurrah! I watched it right away. It was a glorious look at the changes folks were making as those who had been musicians on the top of the world’s queue were settling into a life in a musician’s pensioner’s home. They were physically changing, psychologically changing, and they no longer held their esteemed status.
It was 95’F (35‘C) and I took Quartet to the cool, cool downstairs and enjoyed the beauty of the music again. The locations were quite stunning and with an “all star” cast like Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, and Billy Connelly included it made a lasting impression. So many of the musicians in the story were actually playing themselves and it was grand to see the “tried and true” talents emerge in this story.
I loaned my DVD to one neighbor and she watched it 3 more times with different family members. It is now at the house on the other side and being enjoyed there. Dustin Hoffman did a grand job on his first time out, and the actors and story were worth the retreat. I can highly recommend Quartet to you. I believe Quartet is cooler than the tinkling tunes of the ice cream truck. One can now find it on a number of streaming venues also.
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