2022 film directed by Todd Field

Tár is a 2022 psychological drama film about Lydia Tár, widely considered one of the greatest living composer-conductors and the very first female director of a major German orchestra.

Directed and written by Todd Field.

Lydia Tár

  • Don't be so eager to be offended. The narcissism of small differences leads to the most boring kind of conformity.
  • You want to dance the mask, you must service the composer. You gotta sublimate yourself, your ego, and, yes, your identity. You must, in fact, stand in front of the public and God and obliterate yourself.
  • The problem with enrolling yourself as an ultrasonic epistemic dissident is that if Bach's talent can be reduced to his gender, birth country, religion, sexuality, and so on, then so can yours. Now, some day, Max, when you go out into the world, and you guest conduct for a major or minor orchestra, you may notice that the players have more than light bulbs and music on their stands. They will also have been handed rating sheets - the purpose of which is to rate you. Now, what kind of criteria would you hope that they use to do this? Your score reading and stick technique, or something else?
  • There's no glory for a robot, Eliot. Do your own thing!
  • It's my score! You fucking, little nothing!
  • It is always the question that involves the listener, never the answer.


  • Adam Gopnik: The last thing I need is to be buttonholed in here by someone exactly like me.


Lydia Tár: Is there something wrong with the water?
Cirio: No. There are crocodiles.
Lydia Tár: Oh. I didn't think they'd be this far inland.
Cirio: They escaped from a Marlon Brando movie.
Lydia Tár: Wow. That was a long time ago.
Cirio: They survived.

Max: You're a fucking bitch.
Lydia Tár: And you are a robot.

Lydia Tár: [Referring to Mahler's Adagietto Symphony 5] And this piece was not born into aching tragedy. It was born into young love.
Adam Gopnik: And so you chose...
Lydia Tár: Love.
Adam Gopnik: Right, but precisely how long?
Lydia Tár: Well, seven minutes!

Olga Metkina: You have a child?
Lydia Tár: Yes.
Olga Metkina: I will never do that!
Lydia Tár: Pets are best for some people.



Now we can really understand what the meaning of music is. It's the way it makes you feel when you hear it. Finally we've taken that last giant step and we're there, we know what music is now. And we don't have to know about sharps, and flats, and chords, and all that business in order to understand music if it tells us something. And most wonderful thing of all is that there's no limit to different kinds of feelings that music can make you have. And some of those feeling are so special and so deep that they can't even be described in words. You see we can't always mean the things we feel. Sometimes we can. We can say we feel joy, pleasure, peacefulness, whatever. Love, hate. But ever once in a while we have feelings that are so deep and so special that we have no words for them. And that's where the music is so marvelous. Because music names them for us, only in notes instead of in words. It's all in the way music moves. You must never forget that music is movement, always going somewhere, shifting and changing and flowing from one note to another. And that movement can tell us more about the way we feel than a million words can.


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