"That was the end of the life of a composer which in its lack of external success was similar to Mozart, Schubert and Hugo Wolfe, and which, like the life of Bartók and many others, was wrecked by the dark forces of world power politics." Friedrich Herzfeld on the tragic death of Anton Webern
The death of Philip Seymour Hoffman was quite a shock to me, it’s strange how one can be affected by the death of people you don’t know. He was a brilliant actor and I was just getting into his films, and off-camera he seems like such a gentle and kind person. It is very upsetting that he died, and while I do not condone drug use at all, I don’t think it is as simple as “he was a stupid drug user who just threw away his life.” It’s an awful thing to do but it’s not so black and white as that, and certainly not easy to quit. At any rate, he will be dearly missed, and God bless.
I first realized how great of an actor he was when I saw The Master, back in 2012. That is his finest performance (as well as PTA’s best film) and I am at least glad he was able to give that brilliant performance before he left. I can’t recommend that film strongly enough.