Ralph Fiennes’ TS Eliot’s Four Quartets Gets a Movie: Watch the Trailer

Fiennes memorized the Nobel laureate’s masterpiece during lockdown before taking them to the London stage.

April is the cruellest month, but apparently not for one-man shows starring Oscar nominee Ralph Fiennes.

Sophie Fiennes, daughter of ‘Schindler’s List’ and ‘Harry Potter’ star, is directing the film version of ‘TS Eliot’s Four Quartets’, the stage production she took to London and across the UK in 2021. During the lockdown, Fiennes devoted himself to The Wasteland, four epic poems written during World War II about man’s relationship to time and God. He praised his performance as “magnetic”. The Telegraphfilmed at the end of its run.

IndieWire shares an exclusive preview of the film version, which opens April 28 at the IFC Center in New York, courtesy of Kino Lorber. The nationwide expansion of cinemas follows.

Fiennes’ cinematic presentation of Eliot’s masterpieces is a co-production between The Bath Theater Royal and Royal & Derngate, Northampton and Lone Star Productions, Amoeba Film and Lonely Dragon Films. Sophie Fiennes, who also directed the concert documentary “Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami” and the 2012 Slavoj Zizek documentary “The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology,” is also editing “Four Quartets.”

“TS Eliot’s meditations on the blending of past, present and future resonate even more in this riveting performance by Ralph Fiennes” written by Clive Davis for The Times.

“With this wonderful adaptation, Sophie Fiennes and Ralph Fiennes have transformed TS Eliot’s masterpiece into a completely unique piece of cinema that achieves an emotional depth unlike anything I have experienced while reading the poem. “The Four Quartets” is unlike anything I’ve seen on stage or screen, with Ralph Fiennes’s astonishing and deeply felt performance at the center. It is both an honor and a great pleasure to work with Sophie again and bring this bold and inspired film to North American audiences,” said Richard Lorber when Kino picked up the film for distribution back in February.

Fiennes has enjoyed a long career on stage and has appeared in Shakespeare productions such as ‘Richard III’, ‘The Tempest’, ‘Julius Caesar’ and ‘Hamlet’ in London. Last year Fiennes starred in David Hare’s Straight Line Crazy directed by Nicholas Hytner in the UK.

“Four Quartets” debuts on Friday, April 28.


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