Like all good things, the TÁR season comes to an end. Murtada Elfadl welcomes writer and podcaster Manish Mathur, host of It Pod To You podcast to discuss the thematic correlations between TÁR and Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut. They also delve into how repeated viewings of the film reveal deeper meaning and the popularity and memefication of Lydia Tár.
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What is the film about?
Official synopsis: From writer-producer-director Todd Field comes TÁR, starring Cate Blanchett as Lydia Tár, the groundbreaking conductor of a major German Orchestra. We meet Tár at the height of her career, as she’s preparing both a book launch and much-anticipated live performance of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. Over the ensuing weeks her life begins to unravel in a singularly modern way. The result is a searing examination of power, and its impact and durability in today’s society. Directed by Todd Field, with a screenplay by Field
- In Eyes Wide Shut, the guy at the piano is Todd Field. Nick Nightingale. Blanchett dubbed one of the voice in the movie and a connectio to TÁR was born.
- Thematic correlations between the two films: the long tracking shots, allowing the actor the space to act and move as the character.
- The themes TAR grapples with – how power corrupts exceptional people, is it about cancel culture? What else?
- What are some of the other cinematic influences and inspirations noticed in TAR.
- Things saw at second, third and fourth viewings.
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