Although A Late Quartet focuses mainly on the lives of the four musicians and their 25-year-long relationship, there is no denying that the music that they make together is the real star of the film. In this feature, we’ll highlight other musical films whose plots also revolve around an aspect of classical music.
Academy Award® Winners Christopher Walken and Philip Seymour Hoffman strike all the right chords with Academy Award® Nominee Catherine Keener and Mark Ivanir in this powerful story that blends raw emotion with fiery passion to form an unforgettable cinematic masterpiece. After 25 years together, the members of a world-renowned string quartet learn that their beloved cellist (Walken) may soon be forced to retire. But the news stirs up equally painful challenges when competing egos, harbored resentment, and irrepressible lust threaten to derail the group as they struggle to maintain harmony in their music — and their lives.
Pianist David Helfgott (Geoffrey Rush) was a child prodigy, but an abusive father and family trauma left him mentally on the edge, resulting in a breakdown and life in an asylum. Upon his release David returns to the piano at a busy bar in Australia, astounding the initially sceptical locals with his talent. This emotional tale of an astonishing skill and heart-breaking loss provides us with some truly beautiful music and a world-class performance by Geoffrey Rush.
The Red Violin
When a perfect red-colored violin comes up for auction at the Duval auction house it causes quite a stir. As Charles Morritz (Samuel L. Jackson) investigates its authenticity he learns how this infamous violin inspired passion, making its way through three centuries with several owners and across many countries, eventually ending up at this auction where it may find a new owner. The emotional musical performances mirror the incredible acting talent on show, making The Red Violin a must see for any fan of classical music.
Amadeus tells the incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the brilliance, the fame and the ultimate demise. The story is told by Antonio Salieri, Mozart’s peer and secret rival, while he (now in an asylum) gives his confession to a young priest. This iconic masterpiece won 8 Oscars in 1985, including Best Picture, Best Sound and Best Director and brings Mozart’s finest work to the screen in a way that continues to astound and affect audiences worldwide.
Immortal Beloved follows the life and death of the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven (Gary Oldman). After his death Beethoven’s friend Schindler (Jeroen Krabbé) proceeds to deal with his affairs.
Schindler discovers that the composer decided to leave everything he owned to a nameless beloved, and so begins the search to find her; not such an easy task as Beethoven had many women in his life. Full of Beethoven’s best work, this is not a film any classical music fan wants to miss.
When Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.) discovers Nathaniel Ayers (Jamie Foxx), a mentally ill, homeless street musician who possesses extraordinary talent, Lopez writes an acclaimed series of articles about Ayers and attempts to do more to help him. This journey that began with a simple article ends up teaching Lopez as much about himself as it does his subject. Lopez and Ayers must find a way to conquer their deepest anxieties and frustrations to hope for a brighter future for both of them. World-class performances from Downey Jr. and Foxx as well as the beautiful music make this a compelling and emotionally touching film.