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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.

Director:

François Girard

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carlo Cecchi Carlo Cecchi ... Nicolo Bussotti (Cremona)
Irene Grazioli Irene Grazioli ... Anna Bussotti (Cremona)
Anita Laurenzi Anita Laurenzi ... Cesca (Cremona)
Tommaso Puntelli Tommaso Puntelli ... Apprentice (Cremona)
Samuele Amighetti Samuele Amighetti ... Boy (Cremona)
Jean-Luc Bideau ... Georges Poussin (Vienna)
Aldo Brugnini Aldo Brugnini ... Assistant (Cremona)
Christoph Koncz Christoph Koncz ... Kaspar Weiss (Vienna)
Clotilde Mollet Clotilde Mollet ... Antoinette Pussin (Vienna)
Florentín Groll Florentín Groll ... Anton von Spielmann (Vienna)
Johannes Silberschneider ... Father Richter (Vienna)
Rainer Egger Rainer Egger ... Brother Christophe (Vienna)
Paul Koeker Paul Koeker ... Brother Gustav (Vienna)
Wolfgang Böck ... Brother Michael (Vienna)
Josef Mairginter 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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Taglines:

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Canada | Italy | USA | UK | Austria

Language:

French | English | Mandarin | Italian | German

Release Date:

11 June 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$129,564, 13 November 1998

Gross USA:

$9,473,382, 14 November 1999
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to the commentary, Morgan Freeman was originally considered to play the part of Charles Morritz. See more »

Goofs

Most of the violin playing is off. There are few examples of anyone actually playing the notes you hear. In some scenes the fingers are moving while notes are not changing, but more often it's that the fingers are NOT moving while the notes are changing, and changing quite rapidly. Christoph Koncz (Kaspar Weiss) is one of the only actors who actually played the violin in the movie. See more »

Quotes

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

O Richard! O mon Roi!
from "Richard Coeur de Lion"
Composed by André-Modeste Grétry
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Take the journey
4 March 2000 | by mhmslmSee all my reviews

The Red Violin is the saga of spirit and soul as they press onward through time. The adventure begins with Anna, a young woman whose only child brings about her untimely death. A gift of a violin to be given to the babe becomes host to Anna's spirit. The Red Violin narrowly escapes the grips of greed, ignorance, and vengeful lust as she is passed from hand to hand of those who would have her. She wanders about the globe until at last she is exonerated by the one man who knows the truth that she holds within her wooden belly.

In spite of the death and despair, the film is truly positive. It teaches us to appreciate people from all walks of life. From the violin maker of the 16th century who made the Red Violin for the bittersweet arrival of his baby son, we travel through time with the violin to the Chinese Communist Party who spelled out certain death to any instrument that may threaten the ideals of the collective. In our travels, we learn the dark and sordid side to each person, but we also learn that to create a shadow there must be light. That light, or hope, that the people shed is what gives the violin her vitality and will to survive.

A truly magnificent film, The Red Violin inspired me to recollect my own past I shared with my aged upright piano; the certain spiritual vibrations I felt while playing a ragtime melody. Suddenly, memories came rushing back to me tenfold. I recalled the times as a young girl I would listen as my father played his rendition of Scott Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag. Wiping a tear from my eye, I remembered how long ago that truly was; how my piano shaped and molded me, as I shaped and molded it. I am left wondering where my beloved piano is now. Who is influencing his instrumental life? In the end, what stories will he have to tell, and will they be of me

Take the journey of the Red Violin. Visit other lands and other times. Feel the strings of life against your fingers; the bow of spirit in your palm. Rest your chin against the weathered wood of wisdom. Listen closely and hear the music that is the gentle rhythm of time and change. See the film to learn about music; to learn about history; to learn the boundless raptures of the spirit. Perhaps, as I, you will learn just a little more about yourself.


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