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The Red Violin ()

Le violon rouge (original title)
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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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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 19 wins & 19 nominations.
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Carlo Cecchi ...
Nicolo Bussotti (Cremona)
Irene Grazioli ...
Anna Bussotti (Cremona)
Anita Laurenzi ...
Cesca (Cremona)
Tommaso Puntelli ...
Apprentice (Cremona)
Samuele Amighetti ...
Boy (Cremona)
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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)
Johan Gotsch ...
Funeral Monk (Vienna)
Geza Hosszu-Legocky ...
Gypsy Violonist (Vienna)
David Alberman ...
Gypsy Violonist (Vienna)
Arthur Denberg ...
Prince Mansfeld (Vienna)
Andrzej Matuszewiski ...
Gypsy Violonist (Vienna)
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Frederick Pope (Oxford)
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Victoria Byrd (Oxford)
Eva Marie Bryer ...
Sara (Oxford)
Dimitri Andreas ...
Gypsy Father (Oxford)
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Conductor (Oxford)
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Manservant (Oxford) (as Stuart Ong)
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Xiang Pei (Shanghai)
Zifeng Liu ...
Chou Yuan (Shanghai) (as Zi Feng Liu)
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Comrade Chan Gong (Shanghai)
Xio Fei Han ...
Young Ming (Shanghai)
Zheng Wei Tan ...
Guard (Shanghai) (as Zeng Wei Tan)
Zhi Qing Zhou ...
Senior Policeman (Shanghai)
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Junior Policeman (Shanghai)
Zhi Qiao ...
Elderly Woman (Shanghai)
Kun Qi Cao ...
Deputy (Shanghai)
Rui Yang ...
Young Xian Pei (Shanghai)
Lidou ...
Pawnbroker (Shanghai)
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Charles Morritz (Montréal)
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Auctioneer (Montréal)
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Mme. Leroux (Montréal)
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Evan Williams (Montréal)
Ireneusz Bogajewicz ...
Mr. Ruselsky (Montréal)
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Nicolas Olsberg (Montréal)
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Older Ming (Montréal)
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Madame Ming (Montréal)
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Suzanne (Montréal)
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Customs Agent (Montréal)
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Hotel Concierge (Montréal)
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Cabby (Montréal)
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Secretary (Montréal)
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Handler (Montréal)
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Coat Attendant (Montréal)
Herman Meckler ...
Registrar (Montréal)
Sheena Macdonald ...
Ruselsky's Companion (Montréal)
Jody Shapiro ...
Autograph Seeker (Montréal)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Bradford ...
Stagehand (Montréal)
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Violinist (Oxford) (uncredited)
Serge Martineau ...
Scanner (uncredited)
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Security Guard (uncredited)

Directed by

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François Girard

Written by

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Don McKellar ... (written by) &
François Girard ... (written by)

Produced by

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Niv Fichman ... producer
Daniel Iron ... co-producer
Giannandrea Pecorelli ... co-producer
Barbara Shrier ... line producer

Music by

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John Corigliano

Cinematography by

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Alain Dostie

Film Editing by

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Gaétan Huot

Editorial Department

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Louis-Philippe Rathé ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Deirdre Bowen
Rita Forzano
Andrea Kenyon

Production Design by

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François Séguin

Art Direction by

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Martyn John

Set Decoration by

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Judy Farr

Costume Design by

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Renée April

Makeup Department

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Kathy Ducker ... assistant makeup artist: Oxford
Pat Hay ... makeup artist: Oxford
Meinir Jones-Lewis ... assistant makeup artist: Oxford
Serge Morache ... second key hair stylist
Cécile Rigault ... assistant makeup artist
Petra Schaumann ... assistant hair stylist: Oxford
Suzanne Stokes-Munton ... hair stylist: Oxford
Barbara Sutton ... assistant hairdresser: London
Micheline Trépanier ... makeup artist: Montreal
Nathalie Trépanier ... makeup artist
Adolf Uhrmacher ... makeup artist: Vienna

Production Management

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Peter Alves ... post-production supervisor
Lucie Bouliane ... production manager
Tommaso Calevi ... production manager
Riccardo Folgore ... unit manager
Giuseppe Tobia Mafezzoni ... assistant production manager: Italy, Cremona
Robert Opratko ... production manager: Vienna
Cristina Romagnoli ... unit production manager: Italy (as Christina Romagnoli)
Giorgio Vacchelli ... assistant production manager: Italy/Cremona

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Buck Deachman ... second assistant director
Olivier Gérard ... first assistant director: Italy
Jennifer Jonas ... assistant director
Carlo Paramidani ... second assistant director: Italy
Stefano Voltaggio ... third assistant director
David Webb ... first assistant director: China
Bill Yip ... first assistant director: Canada

Art Department

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Will Ayres ... stand-by props
Mick Boleyn ... construction manager
Cecile Braemer ... assistant production designer
Rejean Brochu ... construction supervisor
Mariane Carter ... assistant production designer (as Marianne Carter)
Denis Caspar ... graphic artist
Jamie Knutson ... swing
Eric Lafrance ... carpenter
Rebecca Loncraine ... assistant art director
Luciano Magagnini ... property master
Collin Niemi ... assistant art director
Raymond Perry ... property master (as Ray Perry)
Daren Reynolds ... stand-by props (as Darren Reynolds)
Claudio Villa ... property master

Sound Department

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Jo Caron ... foley recordist
Jérôme Décarie ... foley artist
Bernard Gariépy Strobl ... re-recording mixer
Claude La Haye ... sound engineer / sound
Benoit Leduc ... foley assistant
Lawrence Manchester ... additional engineering
Tchae Measroch ... foley assistant
Antoine Morin ... sound effects editor
Dominik Pagacz ... sound effects assistant editor
Guy Pelletier ... dialogue editor / sound editor
Jacques Plante ... adr supervisor
Marcel Pothier ... sound mixer / sound
Francis Péloquin ... boom operator
Hans Peter Strobl ... sound mixer / sound
Katrina Walsh ... adr coordinator

Visual Effects by

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Frank D'Iorio ... digital compositor: Buzzimage Group
Dominic Daigle ... cgi animator
Mathieu Dupuis ... digital compositor: Buzz Image Group
Jamie Hallett ... optical cameraman
Yves Laniel ... visual effects line producer
François Lord ... digital effects artist
Andre U. Montambeault ... digital compositor
Robin Tremblay ... computer graphics animator (Miscellaneous crew, Special Effects) / visual effects matte painting
Mark Tureski ... optical effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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Jere Gillis ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Werner Bacciu ... grip: Italy
Stefano Biscaro ... key grip
Daniel Chrétien Jr. ... additional electrician: Montréal
Daniel Chrétien ... gaffer
Jean-Maurice de Ernsted ... key grip
Francesco Di Giacomo ... second assistant camera
Sylvaine Dufaux ... additional camera operator: "b" camera / first assistant camera: "a" camera
Julie Garceau ... video assist operator
Gernot 'Niki' Griedl ... electrician
Jacques Yves Gucia ... still photographer
David Jerrett ... electrician
Kimber Lee Jerrett ... best girl electric: Vienna
Andrea Lotici ... assistant electrician: Cremona, Italy
Bob Marshak ... still photographer
Denis-Noel Mostert ... Steadicam operator
Ernesto Natoli ... assistant camera
Alberto Rogante ... gaffer
Salvatore Scala ... assistant electrician: Cremona, Italy
Bernhard Schober ... grip
Federico Scoponi ... assistant grip: Cremona, Italy
Takashi Seida ... still photographer
Richard Wagner ... assistant camera: Vienna

Casting Department

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Nadia Cavalli ... additional casting: Cremona, Italy
Jennifer Duffy ... casting assistant
Rita Forzano ... additional casting
Mary Selway ... additional casting
Randi Wells ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Mariane Carter ... assistant costume designer (as Marianne Carter)
Martine Gagnon ... assistant costume designer
Rose Goodhart ... wardrobe assistant (as Rose Goodheart)
Claudette Lilly ... costume assistant
Thomas Oláh ... costume coordinator
Ros Ward ... wardrobe coordinator

Location Management

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Alana Cymerman ... assistant location manager
Michèle St-Arnaud ... location manager

Music Department

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Joshua Bell ... music consultant / musician: solo violin
Alison Booth ... music production coordinator
Peter Cho ... music production coordinator
John Corigliano ... orchestrator
François Girard ... executive music producer
Matthias Gohl ... music producer
Joel Iwataki ... music mixer / music recordist
Todd Kasow ... music editor
Guy Pelletier ... music editor
Esa-Pekka Salonen ... conductor

Transportation Department

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Thomas Fuchs ... transportation department

Other crew

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Jean-François Aubin ... production assistant
Charles Beare ... violin builder
Francesco Bini ... assistant choreographer: Cremona, Italy
Lorenzo Carnevali ... assistant choreographer: Cremona, Italy
Francis Choquette ... production assistant
Carmela Compagnone ... production accountant
Rebecca Cotterill ... production coordinator: Oxford
Julie Cyrenne ... assistant production accountant
Hélène Grimard ... production accountant (as Hélène Gallizzi)
Irene Iversen ... second continuity: Vienna
Susan Jacobs ... publicist
Kristjan Järvi ... assistant: Esa-Pekka Salonen
Marie La Haye ... continuity
Serge Martineau ... stand-in
Johanne Pelletier ... production coordinator
Helen Pratt ... production coordinator: Oxford
Rebecca Starr ... voice-over: Anna's theme
Fran Weston ... production assistant
Patrik Attenhofer ... production assistant (uncredited)

Thanks

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Frank Desgagnes ... thanks
Jonathan Weisgal ... special thanks

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Passion Is Timeless See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Red Violin (Canada, English title)
  • Il violino rosso (Italy)
  • The Red Violin (United States)
  • The Red Violin (United Kingdom)
  • The Red Violin (World-wide, English title)
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Runtime
  • 130 min
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Budget $10,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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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 The substance used to give the violin its color would not actually work in real life. The substance does not mix into varnish, and would quickly coagulate and oxidize to a dark brown or black color if it were actually used as the movie implies. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me/The Red Violin/Just a Little Harmless Sex/An Ideal Husband/Xiu Xiu: The Sent-Down Girl (1999). See more »
Soundtracks O Richard! O mon Roi! See more »
Quotes Charles Morritz: What do you do when the thing you most wanted, so perfect, just comes?
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