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The Devil's Violinist (2013)

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19th Century violinist and composer Niccolò Paganini incurs the wrath of his diabolical manager while preparing for his debut performance in London, and falling for the daughter of an English impresario.

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Bernard Rose

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Bernard Rose
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Credited cast:
David Garrett ... Niccolò Paganini
Jared Harris ... Urbani
Joely Richardson ... Ethel Langham
Christian McKay ... John Watson
Veronica Ferres ... Elizabeth Wells
Helmut Berger ... Lord Burghersh
Olivia d'Abo ... Primrose Blackstone
Andrea Deck ... Charlotte Watson
Kristian Portz Kristian Portz ... Fighter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Thomas Anton Thomas Anton ... Burly Man
Peter R. Bishop Peter R. Bishop ... Journalist
Peter Bosch Peter Bosch ... Officer
Ben Cura ... Charlotte's Husband
Jennifer Davison Jennifer Davison ... Antonia Bianchi
Marco di Sapia Marco di Sapia ... Lazzaro Rebizzo
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1830. Violin virtuoso and notorious womanizer Niccolò Paganini (David Garrett) is at the peak of his career, acclaimed throughout Europe. His name alone suggests countless affairs and scandals - which is exactly what his manager Urbani (Jared Harris) is doing his utmost to cultivate, for it is in his interest to market his famous client the best way possible. Only the London public has yet to be conquered. In a plan to lure Paganini to London for his British debut, English impresario John Watson (Christian McKay) and his mistress Elisabeth Wells (Veronica Ferres) risk all they own. Business-savvy Urbani ultimately manages to bring Paganini to the British capital, albeit against his will. And thanks to the rave reviews by journalist Ethel Langham (Joely Richardson), Urbani's strategy seems to be working better than he imagined. Protestors throng his hotel, causing pandemonium. Musician and manager are forced to take refuge at Watson's home, where Paganini quickly takes a liking to his ... Written by Summerstorm Entertainment

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Fame is desire, love is a curse


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong sexuality/nudity, and for drug use | See all certifications »

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Goofs

Limelight is used in several concert scenes (including showing the actual chunk of lime), but the film is set in 1830 and the first use of limelight for a performance of any kind was 1836 and for theater performance in 1837. Further, Paganini had ended his concert performances in 1834 and his lifestyle and health made it highly unlikely that he would have ever stood in the limelight before his death. See more »

Quotes

Niccolò Paganini: I'll tell you something about God's grace. God's grace. Your God. He has left me. He has given me a gift. And then left me in a world alone, has not understood this gift.
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Soundtracks

Paganini Variations - Rachmaninov
Composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff (listed on film credits as Sergei Wassiljewitsch Rachmaninov)
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Mediocre at best, partially redeemed by the music
3 April 2015 | by nash@iit.eduSee all my reviews

They took the work of a genius and turned it into a mediocre movie. Bad acting particularly by the Paganini character with his cringe making, bland American accent. The writing and direction were just plain awful, I have seen better 30 second advertisements. If you enjoy the music of Paganini this movie is something to avoid. Some musical moments, mostly singing appeared as rays of sunshine through an overclouded sky. The characters were entirely one dimensional and quite unbelievable with poor acting and dreadful dialogue. No surprise then that the director was also the writer, and I will avoid any work of his I come across. Needless to say, any similarity between Paganini's life and this movie is purely coincidental. Even as just entertainment this is a boring, clichéd movie-don't waste your time watching.


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Germany | Italy

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

30 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,013, 1 February 2015

Gross USA:

$11,294

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,952,097
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Dolby Digital

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Color
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