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The Red Violin (1998)
"Le violon rouge" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance, Mystery  |  11 June 1999 (USA)
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A perfect red-colored violin inspires passion, making its way through three centuries over several owners and countries, eventually ending up at an auction where it may find a new owner.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carlo Cecchi ...
Irene Grazioli ...
Anita Laurenzi ...
Tommaso Puntelli ...
Apprentice (Cremona)
Samuele Amighetti ...
Boy (Cremona)
Jean-Luc Bideau ...
Aldo Brugnini ...
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Christoph Koncz ...
Clotilde Mollet ...
Florentín Groll ...
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Rainer Egger ...
Paul Koeker ...
Wolfgang Böck ...
Brother Michael (Vienna)
Josef Mairginter ...
Brother Franz (Vienna)
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In present day Montreal, a famous Nicolo Bussotti violin, known as "the red violin," is being auctioned off. During the auction, we flash back to the creation of the violin in 17th century Italy, and follow the violin as it makes its way through an 18th century Austrian monastery, a violinist in 19th century Oxford, China during the Cultural Revolution, and back to Montreal, where a collector tries to establish the identity and the secrets of "the red violin." Written by Sean Gallagher <naes@cgocable.net>

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An instrument of passion. A shocking secret. An extraordinary journey. See more »


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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$129,564 (USA) (13 November 1998)

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$9,473,382 (USA) (12 November 1999)
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According to the commentary, Morgan Freeman was originally considered to play the part of Charles Morritz. The part eventually went to Samuel L. Jackson. See more »

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The date in the auction showroom reads "mardi, le 17 fevrier 1997", or "Tuesday, February 17, 1997." February 17, 1997 was a Monday. See more »

Quotes

Charles Morritz: What do you do when the thing you most wanted, so perfect, just comes?
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Measured, thoughtful account of near-mystical instrument
6 August 1999 | by (Fargo, North Dakota) – See all my reviews

Literally spanning centuries to unfold its mesmerizing tale, The Red Violin traces the unbelievable history of an acoustically flawless masterpiece crafted in the late 1600s by an Italian master. Co-screenwriters Francois Girard (who directed) and Don McKellar (who acts in the film) structure the movie around a wealth of richly detailed locales, including Vienna, China, and Oxford, and provide a unique modern-day Montreal framework which intertwines with the often tragic history of the instrument to provide the narrative with a rather unique element of mystery. The late-19th century English section shows the film at its most baroque, but each of the finely tuned tales reaches for some truth about music, life, love, and passion -- and that is commendable. Music lovers take note: the sounds that come out of the crimson treasure throughout the course of its journey are utterly thrilling and inspiring.


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