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Quartet(1949)

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  • Brilliant British Ironies

    • Will Fox
    • 5/20/16

    "Quartet" arouses curiosities in the juicy Battle of the Sexes. Resembling a developing symphony of ideas, this film features four, fresh perspectives on the question: "Will he or won't he do what she wants?" Surprisingly modern, these original dramas are growing more relevant in today's feminism. Assertive women are the common denominator in these plays. Not one nun in the cast; each woman is real, dealing with today's realities, including imperfect men. Unlike "O'Henry's Full House," (only a 2-star film, written by a recidivist, a repeating jail resident, focused on society's low-lifes), "Quartet" is a 4-star film, focusing on actionable insights by normal citizens. So it's becoming more relevant, for more people now. A second major theme, repeating throughout these plays: key characters learn to respect other people. Translating storytelling into film, there is great character development, evidenced in the acting, speaking parts, and editing in "Quartet." Now, best of all, thanks to "WATCH TCM," real people, living real lives, limited by time, can see rare, screen gems much more conveniently at times of our choosing, from a menu of movies, playable anytime over 72 hours. Sincere thanks to TCM for giving viewers many more encore options, via "WATCH TCM."

  • Maugham/Mom's insightful IQ

    • Will Fox
    • 5/17/16

    Many films, (adapted from English author, Somerset Maugham's short stories, novels & plays), compete with Will Shakespeare's for brilliant insights, inspiring intelligent individuals. "Quartet" offers 4 of Maugham's most famous. The theme in each involves women impressing men. First in "The Facts of Life," gold-digging woman wises up nave young man. (Caution: Spoiler Alert!) When he sleeps, she steals. Then he acts. In "The Alien Corn," 2 women stifle a music man. His fianc and a musicologist judge him. She says, you "lack soul & fire" "not in a thousand years" can you be a competent musician. Tragedies ensue, private & public. Denial is powerful. More so in "The Kite," first by a dominating mother; ditto dominating wife. Both manipulate him with ultimatums. (Ironically, Maugham sounds like "Mom.") Again, weak man learns, acts, learns more, perseveres. Continuing battle of the sexes in "The Colonel's Lady," another British bully, disrespecting his distaff, slowly learns: charity & love should begin and be at home. Fools' names are like their faces, too often seen in public places. The conceited colonel also learns: the most painful wounds are self-inflicted. Maugham's many intelligent insights are deftly done; wise words offered like champagne. Tiny word bubbles percolate in small group conversations in public assemblies among London's smart society, often overheard by the tone-deaf, fat-headed Col. Blimp. When will he learn, to overcome his false Pride & Prejudice? Behind the big man, there's a wise woman, initiating & doing a whale of lot; freeing his time, to cheat on her. So staggeringly stupid Blimp begs, confessing, "Why would anyone love her?" Film features charming British character actors, great acting, screenplays & repartee. Please broadcast before 10pm ET & put on "Watch TCM," to alert 1,000s of American friends, to enjoy & write reviews more current than 2007. Thanks TCM 4 Maugham's movies: Quartet, Trio & Encore.

  • Quartet/Trio/Encore

    • cj
    • 6/9/07

    This was the best evening viewing I have had in a long time. Please encourage the release on Home Video. Unfortunely, my husband was gone and missed the. Any chance they will be shown again?

  • Maugham films

    • Carol Goodson
    • 6/4/07

    I loved Quartet and Trio totally... wish I had realized that I needed to tape Encore also--missed that one. I want to buy the DVDs but they seem to only be available in the UK in Region 2 format... any suggestions about how to buy them for U.S. viewing?

  • somerset maughan's three films last nite

    • JOHN YOUNG
    • 5/31/07

    the very best

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    • S Taylor
    • 5/31/07

    A new fan of W. Somerset Maugham was created last evening. These are definitely the type of classic movies that belong in my home library. It would be nice to see these films scheduled again soon. I searched this morning for DVD's to purchase, but the search was futile. Great movies -- thanks again for showing these films.

  • Marvelous Maugham!

    • Jean S.
    • 5/31/07

    This evening's trio of films of the Somerset Maugham short stories was one of the most enjoyable I've seen! I'd love to see them all again and hope TCM will repeat this offering on their schedule very soon! I want to recommend them to others who unfortunately missed them tonight. All three films, "Quartet," "Trio," and "Encore," were delightful. I dearly wish they were available on DVD on Netflix so I could share them with my friends and family!

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