A contest is being held in Cremona for the best violin, with Giannina's hand in marriage as the prize. Filippo is secretly in love with her, but is also ashamed of being a cripple, so he ... See full summary »
A contest is being held in Cremona for the best violin, with Giannina's hand in marriage as the prize. Filippo is secretly in love with her, but is also ashamed of being a cripple, so he switches his superior violin with that of another apprentice, Sandro, whom Giannina loves. Written by
Interesting Story, But Filmed With Little Imagination or Skill
This is a flawed attempt to film an otherwise worthwhile story. The narrative of "The Violin Maker of Cremona" is nothing weighty or complex, but it has enough substance to work as a short story, and it could have made a pretty good one-reeler. In this movie, though, things just don't work very well. It misses a lot of the potential in the story, and it does not really stand out in any cinematic way, either.
The story begins with two apprentice violin makers who are in love with the same young woman, and who both hope to win the same violin-making contest. As things develop from this starting point, the basic story-line is clear, but much of the action is inadequately explained and/or unclear. The physical effects of the film's age don't help in this respect, but that does not explain away all of the flaws. Moreover, there was a lot of potential for drama and emotion that is never developed or used. Thus, the small amount of dramatic tension that it generates soon fizzles out.
Just a little bit of imagination could have given this film a lot more impact. Given the director, it is surprising how little skill there is in this feature. Probably the only thing really notable about it is the chance to see a young Mary Pickford in one of her early roles.
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