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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)
Aldo Brugnini Aldo Brugnini ... Assistant (Cremona)
Samuele Amighetti Samuele Amighetti ... Boy (Cremona)
Jean-Luc Bideau ... Georges Poussin (Vienna)
Christoph Koncz Christoph Koncz ... Kaspar Weiss (Vienna)
Clotilde Mollet Clotilde Mollet ... Antoinette Pussin (Vienna)
Rainer Egger Rainer Egger ... Brother Christophe (Vienna)
Wolfgang Böck ... Brother Michael (Vienna)
Florentín Groll Florentín Groll ... Anton von Spielmann (Vienna)
Johannes Silberschneider ... Father Richter (Vienna)
Arthur Denberg Arthur Denberg ... Prince Mansfeld (Vienna)
Paul Koeker Paul Koeker ... Brother Gustav (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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,415, 8 November 1998

Gross USA:

$10,019,109

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,019,109
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Joshua Bell, who was the solo violinist on the sound track, was also a violinist double. When non-musician actors needed to be shown playing the violin in close-up, Bell would hide behind the actor, and his left hand would be the hand seen by the camera on the neck of the violin. According to an interview with Bell on National Public Radio, he was scolded several times by Director François Girard for overacting. See more »

Goofs

When we are shown the doorway of the concert hall in Oxford, there is clearly a modern electric doorbell button in the door frame. 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 »

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

Unforgettable experience
4 February 2001 | by rudatSee all my reviews

After watching too many would-be "great pieces" lately that are enticing you from TV commercials, leaving you (or me, I should say) disappointed most of the time, "The Red Violin" is a gem among all these fleeting flicks or time-wasters. Recommended by a good friend I went to see this piece and frankly, I came out of the theater speechless! I was overwhelmed, enriched as well as happy that I finally, in years, got to see something that's well worth while.

From the story, costumes, cinematography, acting and finally its greatest actor -the superb music- all absolutely flawless! S.L.Jackson acts at his best, his performance is unforgettable and I am sure one of his own most favourite; I can tell. I was estatic to see J.Corigliano win the Oscar for the best score, and saddened at the fact that the whole movie wasn't nominated for even more Oscars - are they blind in that Academy or what?! Now that's a shame but you know what I don't care what the Academy has to say, important is my subjective feeling and this movie made my day, and days to come.

I couldn't wait to get hold of both, the video and the sound track, and I never seem to get tired watching or hearing that beauty all over again. And believe it or not, that ingenious soundtrack can be so erotic at times that if I may give a little advice to all these men out there seeking to entice and seduce their partners - hey, this might be the way to go - worked for me (and her!)!!!

Anyways, I'd like to recommend this movie to everybody with an open heart and mind, I guarantee satisfaction and enrichment in every possible way. And lastly let me bestow my gratitude and thanks to the very director F.Girard for enlightening my spirit, my heart and my soul with his vision of a truly quality story that I can never forget.


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