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The Red Violin

(DVD - 2008 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Red Violin

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An appraiser of rare musical instruments traces the history of a blood-red violin and everyone whose lives it touched.
Title: The red violin
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. : Lionsgate, c2008.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 130 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: Audio commentary with co-writer/director François Girard and co-writer Don McKellar; "The Oscar-winning Chaconne" featuring composer John Corigliano; "The auction block" depicting record-breaking violin auctions and the appeal of Stradivarius violins.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1998.
Summary: An appraiser of rare musical instruments traces the history of a blood-red violin and everyone whose lives it touched.
Audience: MPAA rating R.
Awards & Distinctions: Academy Award winner, 2000 - Best Original Score (John Corigliano)
Statement of Responsibility: a Lion's Gate Films release of a New Line International Channel Four Films/Telefilm Canada presentation of a Rhombus Media/Mikado production ; a film by François Girard ; produced by Niv Fichman ; written by Don McKellar with François Girard ; directed by François Girard
Credits: Music, John Corigliano ; director of photography, Alain Dostie ; editor, Gaetan Huot.
Performers: Carlo Cecchi, Irene Grazioli, Jean-Luc Bideau, Greta Scacchi, Jason Flemyng, Sylvia Chang, Colm Feore, Don McKellar, Samuel L. Jackson.
System Details: DVD; Dolby digital.
Other Language: In English with optional English or Spanish subtitled versions.
Close captioned for the hearing impaired.
Subject Headings: Appraisers Drama. Violin Drama.
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Feature films.
Topical Term: Appraisers
Publisher No: 24080
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Apr 11, 2014
  • lrvarga_22 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It is interesting to note: the screenplay was written FOR the musical caprices in score by American composer John Coriglione; a fact in origin reverse of music prop to the silent film, predating, and post use, composition in prop to the action in theme. Rarely, if ever, has a film been written to story the drama in the score itself, as is the Red Violin; caprices in movement cast in a restless violin, fated in birth, rent in curse, roam to rest, note - in requiem Anna's Theme, doubtlessly felt. Samuel Jackson keeps us grounded in the present, as the violin plays it's role in the parts played by Joshua Bell, who makes an appearance as the as the double ... you will know when you see what you hear, for yourself.

This is a beautiful movie. I loved it. It was a little disconcerting at first because it jumps back and forth between the present day and when the violin was made, but the "time travel" didn't bother me: you got to see the history of the violin. I encourage you to watch the bonus footage where you get to learn about the violin this movie is based on and meet it's current owner.

Jun 08, 2012
  • tj_is_cool rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Interesting and rather unique tale about a special violin.

A terrific movie, tracing the history of a violin, and the lives it touches along the way. Interestingly told in flashbacks from an auction, with the stories hiving off from different perspectives on the same scene. At the same time, aspects of the story are slowly revealed to us. A clever concept, executed well.

Dec 27, 2008
  • joseph rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Le Violon Rouge (1998) 131 min. This is a film about the centuries-long journey of a violin from its creation in 1681 by Nicola Bissotti, to Germany to communist China treating us to the culture and ideologies of the locations visited. I prefered the stories in Italy and China but they all have something to offer. Samuel L. Jackson plays the role of one hired to restore the violin for sale at an auction; who becomes completely enthralled by the beauty fo the music that eminates from the instrument. The only reservation I had with the picture is how the violin made its way from one location to the other. Maybe the point of this was that music transcends the physical and cannot be transferred physically but emotionally. This is a well-made picture which won a well-dserved Oscar for Best Score in 2000.


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