'A Late Quartet' Trailer Already Sold Out Every Art House Matinee

September 10, 2012


Starring Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener, and Philip Seymour Hoffman in the weary, head-in-his-hands mode so often indicated by his patchy stubble, A Late Quartet concerns a group of New York string musicians and friends struggling through an opening performance marred by the rising tensions of competing egos, marital strife, and the discovery of one member's Parkinson's disease. As Walken explains over this just-released trailer, the group is performing Beethoven's Opus 131--a seven-moment piece with no breaks, meaning the four instruments are doomed to uniquely, unpredictably drift out of tune, each in their own way, with their own stubble, if you catch their extended metaphor (wink-wink!).

Didn't even bother with a glimpse of co-star Wallace Shawn. They knew they already had the My Dinner with Andre crowd locked.

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