The Red ViolinDirector: François Girard
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Francois Girard directed this drama tracing the history of a musical instrument through five countries and three centuries. In 1681, to keep the spirit of his wife alive, an Italian paints the violin with a red varnish made from her blood. It is later found in the Austrian Alps when a prodigy gives a performance in the court of Vienna in 1792. Taken by gypsies, the instrument is acquired by a Dionysian composer. After a journey by boat to China in 1966, it is hidden during the Cultural Revolution. In contemporary Canada, it is spotted at an auction house by a violin expert (Samuel L. Jackson) who becomes obsessed with it. Scripted by Girard and Don McKellar. Filmed on a $10 million budget in Montreal, China, Italy, Austria, and Oxford.
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Cast & Crew
|Samuel L. Jackson||Charles Morritz|
|Don McKellar||Evan Williams|
|Carlo Cecchi||Nicolo Bussotti|
|Irene Grazioli||Anna Bussotti|
|Jean-Luc Bideau||Georges Poussin|
|Christoph Koncz||Kaspar Weiss|
|Jason Flemyng||Frederick Pope|
|Greta Scacchi||Victoria Byrd|
|Sylvia Chang||Xiang Pei|
|Liu Zi Feng||Chou Yuan|
|Monique Mercure||Mme. Leroux|
|Renee April||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Jocelyn Caron||Sound/Sound Designer|
|John Corigliano||Score Composer|
|Jérôme Décarie||Sound Editor|
|Carole Gagnon||Sound Editor|
|David J. Webb||Asst. Director|
|Jennifer Jonas||Asst. Director|
|Claude La Haye||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Antoine Morin||Sound Editor|
|Guy Pelletier||Sound Editor|
|Jacques Plante||Sound Editor|
|Marcel Pothier||Sound/Sound Designer|
|François Séguin||Production Designer|
|Hans Peter Strobl||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Bernard Gariepy Strobl||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Hans Peter Stroble||Sound/Sound Designer|
1. Making a Masterpiece [6:16]
2. 5 Cards [3:16]
3. A Gift [4:02]
4. Not Well [6:13]
5. A Miracle [6:46]
6. Strong Heart [4:27]
7. Teaching Tools [3:54]
8. Making Music [5:02]
9. Play Your Best [7:12]
10. Travelling Treasure [4:47]
11. Personal Invitation [2:16]
12. Summoning the Music [7:36]
13. Come Back [3:17]
14. A Bullet Wound [4:46]
15. Abroad Travels [4:06]
16. Stopping the Music [7:39]
17. One Song [4:43]
18. An Invasion [4:25]
19. Beautiful Specimen [5:42]
20. Attention to Detail [3:01]
21. Nothing Special [7:02]
22. Perfect Marriage [3:34]
23. Blood Red [7:24]
24. Bringing Something Special [12:24]
Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital)
Audio: English 2.0 (Dolby Digital)
Audio Commentary By Co-Writer/Director François Girard and Co-Writer Don McKellar: On
Audio Commentary By Co-Writer/Director François Girard and Co-Writer Don McKellar: Off
Featurette: The Auction Block
Featurette: The Oscar-Winning Chaconne
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An amazing piece of work. It is an intricate story presented in an incredibly realistic forum. Worth seeing over and over.
this was such a well-written movie. i recommend it to anyone and everyone. you can't go wrong with this piece of art.
This was a very good movie on the background and history of the ''red violin''. The movie follows the path of the ''red violin''. It is started with the creation of the ''red violin'' in Italy during the 1600s and then it changed hands in Austria and then it went to England and then to China and lastly it ends up in Montreal at an auction during the present day. It was interesting to see how the violin was treated with the different owners and over time. This movie was very good and worth purchasing to watch over and over.
This film is more than any typical movie, it truly is Art. The film was so absolutly beautiful. I am not even sure what else to say about the movie just that it was wonderful
Well ,they do make movies like they used to.In Francois Girard's masterpiece,the biograhy-or at times autobiography- of a Stativarius-like,16th century violin serves as the backdrop for this well told tale.All the elements of a classic film are present:great writing,cinematography,acting with the added treat of a world class score . The uniqueness of the storyline actually adds to the movies dramatic punch . Wait and watch this one when you have a couple of hours where you will be undisturbed.
This movie is a most have for music and movie lovers as well. A real masterpiece for our time. A standing ovation was my reaction at the end.
RED VIOLIN IS A MOVIE THAT WILL GET INSIDE OF YOUR HEART, FIRST WITH THE MUSIC, AND DRAMA. I'M A MUSICIAN AND I LOVE THIS MOVIE.
This is one of the best films my husband and I have seen in a long time. It is a beautiful story that captures your heart and mind. Very well written and wonderful acting!
This movie is good.
Who cannot love and appreciate a movie that follows a beautiful violin throughout its life? The overlapping stories that are all at once connected with this violin is amazing. The photography is great. I love how the movie moves along thru 100s of years and yet is still told within 1 day (you will understand afterwards). Watch this movie.
If you're into music, and especially violins, this movie is for you! Also, if you're into history, this movie is for you! Great cast, great story, great acting, some surprises, lots of emotion. Definitely worth your time. Enjoy! ps...Joshua Bell is wonderful though I wasn't too crazy about the score....though the Gypsy song is catchy.
Came upon this movie by accident in 2008. Had to rent it twice again, then bought it to watch over and over again. To me it's a love story in many ways, which I admire it for its' complexities, intrigue, deceit, variety of emotions, and even for it's somewhat obscure message. The Phantom Regiment Drum & Bugle Corps is using it on which to base their 2009 presentation in world class competition. I'm watching to see how they progress to the championships in Indy on Aug.8. They should do well and, in the process, bring The Red Violin to the concienceness of many more thousands who will need to buy the movie to see more of it for themselves.
Red Violin is not good
I love this movie. I love violins so I was very interested in watching it. When I finally did, I just had to have the movie. So I made my husband buy it. Its just a most beautiful movie. I watch it every weekend since we bought it.
This movie...what can I say that hasn't been said already? It really will stay with you, it has an incredible story, the music is outstanding, I loved it! I have never been so sad when a movie ended, as I was with "The Red Violin." I wanted the story to go on and on!
I first saw this movie on IFC and it was so good that I had to purchase it so I could watch it anytime. It is one that you can watch over and over again.
This Movie is one of the most wonderful movies i have seen in a really long time and i would really recomind it to any one who would watch it it is also one to own and watch again and again.
In a word, magnificent! I stumbled upon this movie one afternoon about two years ago while wasting a winter's afternoon...and fell in love with the story immediately. It is romantic, dramatic, historically interesting and compelling to the end. Samuel L. Jackson's need to find the truth is palpable and his final 'misdeed' understandable....I would have done the same thing. Have watched the movie four times now...and will watch it again. Fans of foreign films and dramas should definitely check this one out.
This movie is one of the best movies ever. It is a true masterpeice
This story is truley amazing and the music makes the movies get right down to your heart. The acting by all characters is wonderful and the music astonishing. It makes you want to actually have the red violin and experience all that its previous owners have.
I was dumbfounded the first time I saw the red violin. The filmmaking was incredible, the story was romantic and haunting, the music (played by the great virtuoso Joshua Bell) was a treat to the ears and soul. The story was so masterfully told, that I immediately rewound the tape and watched it again. I recommend this movie to anyone; you may be surprised at how much you enjoy it even if historical tales and classical music aren't your thing. This is one of my favorite films ever!