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‘Late Quartet’ is beautiful but feels unfinished

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C-sharp minor — the mere words conjure up a sense of anxious edge, which is the feeling that drives “A Late Quartet.” Starring Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and Mark Ivanir as the players, this is a chamber piece about chamber musicians that is set to Beethoven’s emotional Opus 131 string quartet — in C-sharp minor. As much as the movie is shaped by the piece — Opus 131 is a complex, demanding ...

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November 30, 2012
11:31 p.m.

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It's a lot easier to make a film about unhappy lives than to rise to the level of the music that ostensibly inspires it. Where's the beauty that gives us something to love? A wasted opportunity...