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.


Bernard Rose


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


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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Did You Know?


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 »


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 that...
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The Devil's Violinist
Score produced and orchestrated by Franck Van der Heijden
Conducted by Ulf Schirmer
Score performed by Münchner Rundfunkorchester
Historical Orchestra: Orchester 1756 der Salzburger Konzertgesellscaft auf historichem Instrimenatarium'
Paganini Music Arrangements by David Garrett and Franck Van der Heijden
All Songs licensed courtesy of Decca Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited.
© & (P) 2013 Decca, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited.
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Kill me now, I am ready to die to play the devil in that movie.
12 April 2014 | by vsdgdotcomSee all my reviews

We just saw this movie. I am a Designer and Artist to the core. What no one said here till now, is how drop dead gorgeous and yes maybe a bit "plastic" the director turned David Garrett in this movie. And made the best of Joely Richardson. And have you "seen on you tube " Nicole Scherzinger singing the aria. And even the story maybe a tad on the "too obvious" side but it done in a real very clever way and one is dragged at moment between asking one self is it play or a new filmed version like all the "Shakespeare" have been turned into..The lights and visions are conveyed with real quality. It made me dig deeper for several hours discovering very good music and plenty of entertainment and that is what I want from my movies. The costumes are plentiful and the decor detailed and every hairdresser should have wanted to style the David's gorgeous head of curls that look so very stunning in dark. It could make a way more sexy add for a leading shampoo brand that all these boring muses shaking their manes. Really ladies and gents this is a movie for relaxing and visually enjoying with a twist of love and passion and money dealing that Artist will associate with.

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Release Date:

30 January 2015 (USA) See more »

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The Devil's Violinist See more »

Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria See more »


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$8,013, 1 February 2015

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Dolby Digital



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2.35 : 1
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