Comment movie The last concert
The last concert
The rhythmic life
Movie: The last concert.
Original title: To late quartet.
Direction: Yaron Zilberman.
Country: It uses. Year: 2012. Duration: 105 min.
Genre: Drama. Interpretation: Christopher Walken (Peter Mitchell), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Robert Gelbart), Catherine Keener (Juliette Gelbart), Imogen Poots (Alexandra Gelbart), Mark Ivanir (Daniel Lerner), Liraz Charhi (Prop), Wallace Shawn (Gideon Rosen).
Production: Tamar Sela, Yaron Zilberman, Vaenssa Coifman, David Faigenblum, Emanuel Michael and Mandy Tagger.
Music: Angelo Badalamenti. It photographs: Frederick Elmes.
Assembly: Yuval Shar. Production design: John Kasarda. Wardrobe: Joseph G. Aulisi. Distributor: Emon. I release in USA: On November 2, 2012.
I release in Spain: On August 23, 2013. Qualification for ages: Suitable for all.
After twenty-five years harvesting successes and to enjoy world reputation, the future of a quartet of rope of New York is on the point of receiving a hard blow that will raise doubts about its future. The cellist of the formation is enduring the first symptoms of an illness that in a little time will finish its career like interpreter. The suspense on its future will take possession of the quartet, giving free rein to suppressed emotions, egoísmos and reproaches that will raise doubts about years of friendship and professional collaboration. The life always gives the second opportunity, therefore they will find a solution that will allow them to offer “The last concert” (to commemorate its 25 years as formation), setting free both its friendship and its immense and recognized musical legacy.
I would like to be able to read the musical scores. I am amazed by the people to be able to read music (and I do not say anything to you the one that can interpret it). I am unable to read a musical text, the same capacity that I show before a text in Russian. Namely that I am an illiterate one. Our rope quartet, protagonist of The last concert, they represent everything opposite: they read and interpret the music in its more execution high degree turning into a few virtuosos. But some of them demonstrates that also it is an illiterate one in this case in the emotional question.
Let's go on parts and let's see that we can be on having gone to see (and to listen, more than never) the prime opera (except a documentary) of the director Yaron Zilberman.
Peter Mitchel (Christopher Walken) begins suffering the first Parkinson symptoms. He is a famous cellist settled down in New York. It is the alma mater of the quartet of rope The Fugue. They are on the point of fulfilling twenty-five years of performance with more than three thousand concerts interpreted with big success and world recognition. But the diagnosis of this illness, which affects him to the hands, its best tool, is going to question the survival of the group on having communicated to the rest of its partners its decision to leave the formation.
Daniel Lerner (Mark Ivanir) is the first violinist. There takes an ego as the clouds fruit of the virtuosity that it demonstrates in its academic interpretations. He is a suppressed man.
Robert Gelbart (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is the second violinist of the quartet. He wants to make the most of the opportunity of Peter's illness to its position be restated inside the formation. It is tired of this background although it realizes the importance of its role and not only in musical plane: he feels relegated in its marriage with Juliette Gelbart (Catherine Keener) who is the violista of the quartet. It is the one that has to fight with its partners to be constituted in the mortar of the formation. Its daughter Alexandra (Imogen Poots) is a young promise with very much talent and a future more than promising.
Peter's illness provokes the whole series of reactions between the components of The Fugue. The jealousy, the egos, the feelings during so much time contents are on the point of exploding putting in not alone danger the continuation of the musical quartet but it will undermine the relations enter its members.
In the quartet there is a fifth element or component. In this case 14, Op 131 talks each other of the work nº in less supported Do of Beethoven. A work complicated to execute since it has two peculiarities. On the one hand its author indicated that it had to be interpreted without break (attaca) between the movements. There another singularity takes root, that this work has seven movements instead of the habitual four. It seems (again my musical shortcoming) that it is very difficult that an instrument not desafine after forty minutes of interpretation. Therefore this opus serves to the director like a perfect metaphor to establish a comparison of our relations of every day, and the difficulties of maintaining the same ones realizing a continuous adjustment to avoid to be out of tune and to survive the long coexistences.
It could seem that yes, but The last concert is not a musical movie. It is a movie that has to do more with the passion, this so essential ingredient in our lives and that here, inside the quartet, inside the music in general a vital importance has. The movie is supported by the passion that the actors put in its performance. The personage of Christopher Walken suffers because it cannot go forward with its passion. The marriage suffers from passion. The personage of Philip Seymour Hoffman lacks passion because he is relegated to a background (relative and professionally). Passion excess is what of sample its daughter, Alexandra (Imogen Poots) who provides one of the moments to us more dramatists of the whole movie. It is a question of a chat that it has with its mother. We surprise it not so much for the unexpected thing but for the absence of justification of its answer. And the passion will cross Daniel (interpreted by Mark Ivanir), a type that goes of hard, academic, that does not dare to touch of memory, but at the moment when it relaxes a little its particular world crumbles. Finally, attention to the roll of Juliette Gelbart (role interpreted by Catherine Keener) inside and out of the quartet. A frivolity, according to confession of the proper director, for The last concert was inspired in several quartets. One of them with equal formation – three man and a woman - where the woman was rumored that it had (or it has) an affectionate relation with the three. There I leave it.
Movie of simple exposition (almost we are before a stage play) without strident fireworks, intimist in some moments. This tire in New York circumstance that places it in the line of the trilogy Before … (especially in what is said – to see Before The dusk-) or in the most classic of Woody Allen. This passion that the actors demonstrate in its performance is one of the most outstanding aspects. The director tries to infect its passion to us music lover and obtains it. He emphasizes over all the abstinence of Christopher Walken. It disarms you in more than one occasion with a look; a look that reveals the pain of a personage, but also the hope and the passion. And of course, other of the strong points is the sound-track of Angelo Badalamenti in which 131 of Beethoven integrates big part of this magnificent opus. It looks where now I am a little less illiterate. I continue without being able to read a score but in the end I have found out about some musical aspects that earlier he was not knowing. Go to the movies and do be surprised.
I leave to you a handlebar of audition that I have found on this singular page. Very advisable.
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