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A Late Quartet Trailer: What's the NPR Equivalent of a Nerdgasm? An Ira Glassgasm?

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | September 13, 2012 | Comments ()


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Because the Internet keeps movie trailers and news about movies targeted at culturally rich people hidden in the back pages of IndieWire and The Grey Poupon Facebook page (which will only allow you to "like" them if you meet certain criteria), I would not have noticed the trailer for A Late Quartet had my friend who runs the Portland Chamber Orchestra not posted it on Facebook (follow her on Twitter; it'll make me look impressive!)

It stars exactly who you'd think would star in a movie about a string quartet: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, and Christopher Walken. Also, because orchestra members have a secret juvenile sense of humor, it also stars Imogen Poots. What's it about? Competing egos and insuppressible lust, of course, because that's what you think when you think about classical musicians. At least if you've seen The Money Pit.


It's the perfect movie after an afternoon of apple picking and a few hours browsing at your local independent bookseller.


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  • kiyo-chan

    Dear Pajiba-lords, please delete my previous. I didn't realize it was going to automatically link up with an old Gravatar and/or Wordpress account (hate the Internet sometimes) thereby displaying my old photo. Much as I love this site and contributing in its comments, I'd rather retain my anonymity. Thanks!

  • kiyo-chan

    As someone who was in an established quartet for many years and lived (survived?) through these exact conversations, I think I will avoid this film unless I have a giant box of tissues and an equally giant bottle of scotch beside me.

  • Louise

    This could be the greatest movie in the history of movies and I would still never see it because my brain would be in agony trying to reconcile the audio with the wretched, criminal parody of actual string playing I see in this trailer. I'm sure the actors worked hard and got the best training they could...but they still suck at it. Yeeeeuuucch.

  • you think classical musicians are ego bombs? i married a soprano opera singer. luckily that marriage is now a distant memory.

  • i'd watch anything with PSH, but this looks good. yet another trailer i stopped halfway through, thinking, 'enough, you've got me, don't tell me too much'

  • POINGjam

    Classical musicians are crazy and fuck everybody. My dad is a retired violinist in his 70s and he still gets laid way more than me.

  • e jerry powell

    1. DUH. I'm only a forty-four year old cellist, and I'm batshit bonkers. Have the diagnosis and prescriptions to prove it.
    2. I'd still be getting laid plenty if I didn't have the Heart Disease right now.

  • POINGjam

    My dad's got the heart disease. Maybe it's the rosin.

  • athena23

    "Competing egos and insuppressible lust, of course, because that’s what you think when you think about classical musicians."
    Actually, as a non-musician who's been married to an orchestral musician for nearly two decades...that's actually pretty spot on. I'm a popcorn-eating observer of a rather fascinating world.

  • Salieri2

    Where'd my post go? Short version: WORD.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • BierceAmbrose

    Who plays the cowbell?

  • Rob

    And how awful and rote and cliched was that dialogue? It looks like the movie equivalent of what happens when Billy Joel tries to compose classical music.

  • Socrates_Johnson

    I think it's still just a nerdgasm.

  • Groundloop

    We'd accept Glasm, Ira Glasm, Ira Glassm or the aforementioned Ira Glassgasm if you're not into that whole brevity thing.

  • winged chorus

    Groundloop abides

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Ironically, I heard about the Grey Poupon Facebook page this morning, from NPR. And the NPR correspondent was rejected by Grey Poupon.

    As for the cast...I dunno. I feel like there should be an Alan Rickman in there, or somebody else raffish and Britishy.

  • linnyloo

    Eeeenteresting. I always get super picky when I see actors "playing" the violin, because they never quite manage to match up bowstrokes with the sound, and that just drives me slightly batty -- but I'd be willing to give this a chance. Also, I feel sort of sorry for the fourth guy in the quartet, What's His Name.

  • BierceAmbrose

    Almost any instrument, really. Drives me crazy. (Like no one else.)

    Just like Magical Hacker Command Lines(tm), it makes me wonder: "Is this what we look like to them?" Maybe it's what folks doing the actrissin' *think* *we think* it looks like. (And now I've gone cross-eyed.)

  • Green Lantern

    Any girl in any rock movie playing the bass looks absolutely horrible
    doing it. Reference the otherwise awesome Emma Stone in "The Rocker" or
    Alicia Silverstone in "Rock My World". Possible exception for Rosario
    Dawson in "Josie and the Pussycats".

    Just...just makes you wanna slap 'em. And not in a sexy way.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    I bet Rosario Dawson actually can play the bass.

  • Zirza

    For all that whining about playing second violin , it's the viola thwt people always forget.

  • T.B. Player, I believe.

  • BendinIntheWind

    You get +100 for the "That Thing You Do" shout out

  • I...actually WOULDN'T expect Christopher Walken. Unless there's a surprise tone shift halfway through. 'Fuck the viola! FUCK IT!'

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