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"Quartet" vs. "A Late Quartet": two new classical music movies

Posted at 5:29 AM on October 12, 2012 by John Birge

With tonight's opening of the Twin Cities Film Fest, let's encore an earlier post about two classical music movies that are included in this year's festival...

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Don't confuse the two; Quartet and A Late Quartet are different films, albeit with similar themes about classical music and the passage of time.

A Late Quartet just debuted at the Toronto Film Festival. It's the story of a string quartet's breakup, evidently based on the play "Opus." Fantastic cast, including Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener. Here's the trailer (thanks Beethoven):

Next, Quartet. It's the story of a home for retired opera singers, where the annual concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents. Starring Maggie Smith, with Dustin Hoffman making his debut as a director. US release is officially 4 January 2013, but BOTH films will be screened in October at the Twin Cities Film Fest.

To watch the trailer to A Late Quartet, click here.