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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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Cast

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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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

Urbani's Theme / Erlkönig
Composed by Franz Schubert
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Violinist yes!
12 March 2015 | by kim_lortonSee all my reviews

This movie was awful! The only saving Grace was David Garrett, the violinist. He was by far, the best I have ever heard! Jared Harris, was given a sub standard role, and did his best, but the character sucked big time. It meandered around, and went no where really. I kept fast forwarding it to the music parts! And...and... The best opera voice ever, via Andrea Deck. She is amazing! She plays Charlotte. Unless you want to just skip through most to hear David play, or Andrea sing, please don't bother. You don't get much scenery other than sets, and though the clothing was great, you don't see much variety. It hinted at some seed scenes as Paganini was a great womanizer, but ... No real sexy scenes! Joely Richardsons character was incidental and from what I saw, no real reason to be in the movie. She is a great actress, and she did her best, but why this character? Some news paper woman of the times? No good.


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