1 user 2 critic

Antonio Vivaldi, un prince à Venise (2006)

The life of Antonio Vivaldi, the great Italian composer and musician of the 17th century.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Vivaldi II
Biography | Drama | History

A biography of Antonio Vivaldi's early life, when the young priest became the music teacher at a school for the illegitimate daughters of Venice's courtesans.

Director: Boris Damast
Stars: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alfred Molina, Sebastian Koch
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Director: Matthew Whiteman
Stars: Alice Glover, William Mannering, Sam Marks
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

J.S. BACH: THE MUSIC, THE LIFE, THE LEGEND is a dramatic look at the life of Johann Sebastian Bach, a man who dedicated his life to the service of music.

Director: Jean-Louis Guillermou
Stars: Christian Vadim, Elena Lenina, Frédérique Bel
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Director: Jean-Louis Guillermou
Stars: Jean-François Balmer, Stéphane Bern, Roberto Alagna
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The life and death of the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven. Beside all the work he is known for, the composer once wrote a famous love letter to a nameless beloved and the movie tries to find... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Rose
Stars: Gary Oldman, Jeroen Krabbé, Isabella Rossellini
Biography | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The life of Antonio Vivaldi, called "the red priest", his relationship with the world and the Church, his spiritual battles, his love for a woman.

Director: Liana Marabini
Stars: Steven Cree, Clemency Burton-Hill, James Jagger


Cast overview, first billed only:
L'évêque de Venise
Annette Schreiber ...
Anna Giro
Michel Galabru ...
Le Pape Benoît XIII
Christian Vadim ...
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu ...
L'ambassadeur de France
Delphine Depardieu ...
Zanetta Vivaldi
Stefano Codiroli ...
L'aide gouverneur
Diana Fertikh ...
La soeur d'Anna Giro
Philippe de Vallerin ...
Le Gouverneur
Madame Wahler
Mélisandre Meertens ...
La 2e soeur de Vivaldi (as Mélissa Meertens)
Patric Barbier ...
Conseiller musical
Jean-Claude Lecas ...
Le père de Vivaldi


The life and death of the famous Venetian composer Antonio Vivaldi - known as the red priest. He was invited by all European courts, but he died in poverty and disappeared in anonymity only to be rediscovered in the first half of the 20th Century. Antonio was born into a poor family and ever since childhood he had been in bad health. He became a priest and as a young violin virtuoso eventually led an orchestra of illegitimate daughters of Venice's courtesans in a convent. Soon his music and operas were known at every European court; yet a thorn in the eye of the Bishop of Venice. He tried everything to stop the red-haired priest being involved with the Venetian high society. Finally, Vivaldi succeeds on leaving Venice and accepts an invitation to the Austrian Court. Unfortunately, he arrives there shortly after the death of the Emperor and subsequently never gets the anticipated engagement. He dies one year later in poverty in Vienna. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis




See all certifications »




Release Date:

29 August 2007 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Antonio Vivaldi 'Un prince à Venise...'  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


€1,500,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Antonio Vivaldi Concerto in a minor RV522 for two violins, strings and continuo - Allegro - Larghetto e spiritoso - Allegro
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Engaging & Stimulating, but Flawed
13 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Great artists aspire to transcend the confines of their ordinary existence. Their art is their escape. Thanks to this worthy effort by the French, it is clear Vivaldi had a surfeit of stress to escape from. But this film does not demonstrate how that stress was the impetus behind the music.

Recall for a moment the highlights of Vivaldi's vast oeuvre. There is a trio sonata that gracefully rises up, evoking a better world; an aria from Moctezuma that hovers peacefully above a far-less tranquil world below; the opening chorus of the Gloria, which ascends to the heights of nobility, without even acknowledging the ignoble. These, and many more pinnacles of his accomplishments were omitted from the film, literally and figuratively. The meaning behind the music is not made clear.

By way of analogy, I might lend clarification from my own experience. For many years, I worked in an open office with several associates. Much to my dismay, I soon found that they chatted incessantly in the intervals of work about the most vulgar and abhorrent topics. There was but one escape: good music via earphone, of which Vivaldi was a cornerstone. Invariably, when the quiet was adulterated by obscene chit-chat, I found a lofty refuge in the red priest's contemplations. His compositions were, no doubt, intended to dispel the very same ennui. His was a delicate, noble constitution, incompatible with the cannaille.

Towards the end of the film, the word "Amsterdam" had been spoken often. I realized that it was a siren-call for this poor composer, kept forever under the thumb of a philistine patron. And I was moved profoundly, not by the film, but my recollection of having once toured Amsterdam for hours, to the accompaniment of Moctezuma, among the greatest of Vivaldi's 40+ operas. I had taken his music physically to the place he could only reach in his dreams.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
When will the DVD be released? anntoanette

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: