September 1

Quartet (2013), Comedy

The directorial debut of Dustin Hoffman, Quartet is about temperamental divas and old grudges, passion and pride, romance and Rigoletto. At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and former wife of one of the residents.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSEnh8Hi62E

Stream free with Netflix subscription or for a small fee on Amazon and Vudu

Image credit: Leon Kroll, The Sonata, 1922, oil on canvas, 46 ¼ x 52 1/8, Museum Purchase with funds provided by the Athena Society

American painter, Leon Kroll, was born into a musical family.  He perhaps drew on personal experience with the painting The Sonata. In this image we see figures in various levels of absorption with music performed on piano and violin. Who do you identify with in this painting? Do you identify with any of the artistic personalities of the characters in the film Quartet?

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