Four Quartets

A staggering experience that is going to be best seen in a darkened room where you can get lost in the words.


Four Quartets

Ralph Fiennes’s exquisite performance of T. S. Eliot's masterpiece is dynamically translated from stage to screen by director Sophie Fiennes (Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami, The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology). During the early days of COVID, the Academy Award® nominee set himself the challenge of committing Four Quartets to memory, and in 2021 he brought it to the London stage followed by a tour of theaters across the UK. Written by Nobel Prize winner Eliot in the shadow of the Second World War, the poem is a searching examination of who – and what – we are. This celebrated meditation on human experience, time, and the divine offers up questions, imagery, and emotions that bear a powerful relevance to our present day while remaining some of the most gorgeous poetry in the English language.

“Lucid and searching, scorching and incantatory… [Fiennes] recites Eliot’s poem as the music it is, and you feel that Eliot, through the drama of Fiennes’ presentation, comes across as nothing less than the 20th-century Shakespeare.” – Owen Gleiberman, Variety

“The hypnotizing, affecting performance that Fiennes extracts from this thicket of uncertain meanings and recondite references is a beautiful testament to what Eliot himself once said: ‘Genuine poetry communicates before it’s understood.” – Dan Einav, Financial Times

"A staggering experience that is going to be best seen in a darkened room where you can get lost in the words which are amplified and expanded by Fiennes' physical performance...This is a masterclass of acting and a magnificent film. See it.” – Steve Kopian, Unseen Film
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Poetry, Theater, Literary Adaptation
Sophie Fiennes
TS Eliot
Ralph Fiennes
Owen Gleiberman, Variety

In college one night, I got very stoned and read T.S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland.” I was gripped by it, and felt I understood it — a feat I’ve never come close to accomplishing since. Yet I don’t think I was under some delusion about having glimpsed the poem’s essence. Eliot was a mystic doomsayer whose ...

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