The Red Violin

The Red Violin

DVD - 1999
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An appraiser of rare musical instruments traces the history of a blood-red violin and everyone whose lives it touched.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal studios, 1999
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 9780783237404
0783237405
Branch Call Number: DVD F Red

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BASLM
Feb 22, 2019

I am not a musician, so when a violin player recommended the movie to me, I was a bit skeptical. Pleasantly surprised to the beauty of the Red Violin and its zigzag course through centuries. Be sure to watch the extras regarding the auction block and the composer for more insight. Very engaging, beautiful music played by Joshua Bell.

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Zaelia
Jul 04, 2016

Musical peregrination through history beautifully told.

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jrwaller
Apr 02, 2015

Mostly boring.

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akirakato
Jun 23, 2014

This is a 1998 Canadian drama film directed by François Girard.
It spans four centuries and five countries (Cremona, Italy 1681 -> Vienna, 1793 -> Oxford, late 1890s -> Shanghai, late 1960s -> Montréal, 1997) as it tells the story of a mysterious violin and its many owners.
Charles Morritz arrives in Montreal as an appraiser for the violins sent by the Chinese government.
Almost immediately, he notices the Red Violin and believes it may be the legendary last violin of Nicolò Bussotti.
He has a restorer perform some work on it, while sending samples of the varnish to a lab at the University of Montreal.
At the same time, he purchases a copy of the Red Violin from a private collection in London, the closest copy to the original available.
A wealthy concert violinist named Ruselsky samples some of the violins and spots the Red Violin and tries it out, though Morritz convinces him that it is not the actual Red Violin.
When the results of the varnish tests arrive, Morritz is shocked to learn that the violin's varnish contains human blood.
The film was inspired by one of the violins of Antonio Stradivari, the 1721 Red Mendelssohn, which features a unique red stripe on its top right side, but the notion of a red violin painted with the blood of the maker's wife is an invention of the director.
In any case it is a fascinating, gripping and thrilling film.

lrvarga_22 Apr 09, 2014

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.

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bbdavis
Jan 28, 2013

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.

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tj_is_cool
Jun 08, 2012

Interesting and rather unique tale about a special violin.

aaa5756 Feb 10, 2012

Truly a really great movie. A must see for all. A+ DVD

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joseph
Dec 27, 2008

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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