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The Magic Bow (1946)

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Biography of the famous--and notorious--Italian violinist Nicola Paganini.

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Jeanne de Vermond
Jean Kent ...
Bianchi
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Paul de la Rochelle
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Luigi Germi
Felix Aylmer ...
Signor Fazzini
Frank Cellier ...
Antonio
Marie Lohr ...
Countess de Vermond
Henry Edwards ...
Count de Vermond
Mary Jerrold ...
Teresa Paganini
Betty Warren ...
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Anthony Holles ...
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David Horne ...
Rizzi
Robert Speaight ...
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Charles Victor ...
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Biography of the famous--and notorious--Italian violinist Nicola Paganini.

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25 November 1946 (UK)  »

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Paganini  »

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"While Napoleon's armies were conquering Europe there ;vied in the Italian port of Genoa a musical genius destined to conquer the world." See more »

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Referenced in Ellery Queen: The Adventure of the Blunt Instrument (1975) See more »

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Music by Franz Liszt
Arranged by Henry Geehl
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Great film chronicling the life and times of famous Italian violinist Nicolo Paganini
16 July 2003 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This movie is pretty a good costume drama from the Gainsborough stable about famous Italian violinist Nicolo Paganini, set in the 17th century around the time of Napoleon. The Film on a basic level, is a rags to riches tale and also includes a love story, various complications amount as a result. On a technical level I was really impressed with how Stuart Granger did all the violin finger movements and bow strokes himself, all seemingly in synchronization with all the musical selections played in the film. No double or close up shots here, ala Hurmoresque with John Garfield. He's quite convincing as the 17th century violinist. The music in the film is great and a real treat for anyone who likes the violin, (though I'm no expert here, just very pleasing to the ear). The title might be seen as a little misleading, as the bow isn't really magic at all, though I suppose some might beg to differ when talking about a Strativarious. This is definitely one of the better Gainsborough costume pictures. All in all a great film with good performances all around, and I'd give it 3.5 stars out of 5.

Just one postscript, if anyone is after a good read I can wholeheartedly recommend Stuart Granger's autobiography "Sparks Fly Upwards". His real life was as much of a drama and adventure as it was in any of his movies.


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