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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 ... 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
David Godden David Godden ... Ticket Tout
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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


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

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Country:

Germany | Italy

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

30 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El violinista del diablo See more »

Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color
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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

Urbani: How quickly they have turned on you...
Niccolò Paganini: Urbani...
Urbani: I'm willing to forgive your disloyalty...
Niccolò Paganini: I've taken several beatings. I'll never take you back.
Urbani: You did not really love her. You loved the idea of what you thought she was. An innocent. Someone whose purity could redeem you of your many sins. But she's human! She has the same carnality and ambition as you. All that would have happened, is that you would have destroyed her... you would've have corrupted her... with the same seeding and infection ...
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Irish Jig
Written, Arranged and Performed by David Garrett and Franck Van der Heijden
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If Syfy Channel Tried To Make a Drama
13 May 2015 | by maestrojonSee all my reviews

This is what it would be like.

It wasn't entirely unwatchable, but it was not a good movie by any means. CGI was distracting, although if you look at it as art, they did a good job, just not realistic enough to be passable.

I was surprised Bernard Rose was the writer and Director, who also did the same for Immortal Beloved. Perhaps this movie was just missing Gary Oldman? The movie seems to be confused whether Paganini is the main character or not. It is filled with sub-par, some acceptable, and some over-acted performances. I thought Andrea Deck was good. David Garrett as Paganini, well, maybe his performance was more related to the script. I did enjoy all his performance scenes (performing on the violin, you dirty minded people you).

Am I the only one that noticed St. Patrick's Cross flag flying over London? You'd think Bernard Rose, an Englishman, would catch that. It was clearly in the hands of the Syfy special effects gurus at this point, so maybe the he had no hand in post-production. Or maybe there was a time England was flying the British version of the Irish flag that I don't know about? I doubt it.

Overall, this movie was not great enough to be good, and not bad enough to be great. It falls right in the middle, as most forgettable movies do.


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