May 17, 2023Cate Blanchett Plays Herself
The star of “Tár” reunites with her opening-scene partner for a conversation about listening to music, going before audiences, and the art of acting in life and in the movies....Read More
by Jon Burlingame
The dialogue in “Tár,” Todd Field’s movie about a high-profile classical-music conductor, rings true at every turn. From Cate Blanchett’s lecture to Juilliard students to her discussion of the complexities of Mahler’s Fifth, it’s remarkably realistic.
A lot of the credit goes to John Mauceri, who is screen-credited as “music advisor to filmmakers.” Mauceri led the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra for 16 seasons, was a longtime colleague of Leonard Bernstein, and has conducted concerts all over the world.
When Field decided to write a movie about a classical conductor, he called...