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


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Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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11 June 1999 (USA)  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

In the initial scenes meant to be set in Cremona, the Italian form of address is incorrect. In Italian, as in French and other European tongues, there is a distinction between the familiar and the formal uses of the word for 'you.' The formal address is used when one is addressing a superior, or in polite custom, an individual not well known; in such a case, the forms of pronouns and verbs utilized are in the form of the second person PLURAL (unfortunately, this is difficult to translate into the context of the English language, since the formal address in English involves a different adaptation of pronouns ). When one is addressing a familiar acquaintance, or a person of lower status, the more familiar second person singular forms of pronouns and verbs are used. However, in this film, not only does Anna Rudolphi address the household (Cesca - short for Francesca) servant using the formal terms, but so also do Niccolò Busotti and his wife Anna Rudolphi in addressing one another. The servant 'Cesca, on the other hand, addresses the gentry for whom she works in the informal. 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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User Reviews

 
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6 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

this movie, like a book of short stories, can hook you once and annoy you the next. The segments follow a violin for 3 centuries obviously shooting for a wide range of settings, thus a wide range of stories and characters. But they are all much different. The Red Violin will be rewarding for those who pay attention, and a pain for those who don't, because the transaction of the violin from person to person isn't smooth, whoever is not willing to pay attention should steer clear. I definitely recommend it to all big movie buffs, because those willing to see it, should. I really enjoyed Don Mcellars work before, and this is no different. Some segments, like 'Vienna' are very enjoyable and sad (in a good way, like bambi's mom getting shot) well some like 'Oxford' are dark and depressing. You may not leave thinking it's spectacular, but ya gotta respect it. Thumbs up.


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