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The Red Violin (1998)

Le violon rouge (original title)
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 ...
Nicolo Bussotti (Cremona)
Irene Grazioli ...
Anna Bussotti (Cremona)
Anita Laurenzi ...
Cesca (Cremona)
Tommaso Puntelli ...
Apprentice (Cremona)
Samuele Amighetti ...
Boy (Cremona)
Jean-Luc Bideau ...
Georges Poussin (Vienna)
Aldo Brugnini ...
Assistant (Cremona)
Christoph Koncz ...
Kaspar Weiss (Vienna)
Clotilde Mollet ...
Antoinette Pussin (Vienna)
Florentín Groll ...
Anton von Spielmann (Vienna)
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Father Richter (Vienna)
Rainer Egger ...
Brother Christophe (Vienna)
Paul Koeker ...
Brother Gustav (Vienna)
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Brother Michael (Vienna)
Josef Mairginter ...
Brother Franz (Vienna)
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Storyline

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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Passion Is Timeless See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 June 1999 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$84,265 (USA) (13 June 1999)

Gross:

$9,473,382 (USA) (14 November 1999)
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie was inspired by the Stradivari violin known as The Red Mendelssohn. See more »

Goofs

During the Red Guard struggle meeting in Shanghai, the leader says "There's nothing as beautiful as our traditional music" and then they throw the violin away saying "Put this down with the other 'great olds'!" In fact, the opposite was true during the Cultural Revolution: traditional Chinese music (such as the hu chin) was made illegal as one of the four "Great Olds" while western classical music was considered "bourgeois". Both styles of music were purged during the Maoist era; only Socialist slogan songs were allowed. See more »

Quotes

Charles Morritz: What do you do when the thing you most wanted, so perfect, just comes?
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Connections

Referenced in Ancient Evil 2: Guardian of the Underworld (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

O Richard! O mon Roi!
from "Richard Coeur de Lion"
Composed by André-Modeste Grétry
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User Reviews

A wonderful journey

I was captivated from the moment the film started. The music flowed effortlessly and the scene was set immediately.

Some people may be put off by the use of foreign language and subtitles early on in the film but I found this served to enhance the story and grab my attention even more. It reminds you of the true beauty of language and music and no matter what your taste you cannot help but to be drawn into the story.

The story follows the journey of the Red Violin from its creation and you really feel that something special is happening from the way the red violin is revered. The different people who come into contact with the instrument all have there own stories and you find yourself trying to guess how the Violin will affect them. Sometimes you are right and sometimes not.

Francois Girard has produced a wonderful film and the original score enhances this. This film is one that I will watch again and again and one that should be highly recommended.


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