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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

When Xiang Pei first takes out the violin to play for her son, the violin is missing a G-string. Later when Xiang Pei takes the violin out to show to Chou Yuan, the violin has all four strings. 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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An ambitious story that delivers
6 September 1999 | by T-10See all my reviews

What can you say about a film that covers three centuries, people from all stations of society, and several European countries and Canada. Ambitious is a good start. This film was very well crafted and at about one hundred forty minutes was too short for me. The story follows a red violin, an inanimate object, although at times it seemed alive to me, thru three centuries and the influences good and ill that it has on its possessors. It does ever seem to be owned. Each of its possessors lives a life of passion and turmoil. The violin's birth is during turmoil and during its life it buried, shot, and almost burned. The writing which includes this parallel between the violin and its possessor , five somewhat independent segments that mell and converge in the final scenes, and a story told by tarot cards make for an extremely unique experience. Add to that the musical score, scenery, the varied languages and cultures and you have a great offering. The performances were all strong, but I thought Jason Flemyng as Lord Frederick Pope stood out. To say his character was eccentric and maybe a little over the top is justifiable but I'm sure that was intended. English nobility has always been known for its idiosyncrasies. The ending has incongruous feel with the remainder of the film but is satisfactory and I can not suggest a better one. Great entertainment! Three and a half stars!!!


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