The Red Violin

The Red Violin

Director: François Girard Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Don McKellar, Carlo Cecchi
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The Red Violin

Canadian director Francois Girard spans 300 years in this episodic Canadian-Italian drama following a violin through various owners. Created in 1681 by the Italian master craftsman Nicolo Bussotti, the famed Red Violin is "the perfect marriage of science and beauty," according to New York authority Charles Morritz (Samuel L. Jackson). At a Montreal auction, Morritz begins an investigation into the instrument's authenticity, a linking device for the film's four stories: The first covers the Red Violin's construction by Bussotti (Carlo Cecchi), distraught after the death of his wife. In late 18th-century Austria, monks oversee orphans who are encouraged to play the Red Violin. British composer Frederick Pope (Jason Flemyng), sexually involved with novelist Victoria Byrd (Greta Scacchi), acquires the musical instrument in 1893. When Pope's Chinese servant returns to Shanghai, he carries the Red Violin with him. The concluding tale involves the fate of the Red Violin during the Cultural Revolution. Shown at 1998 film fests (Venice, Toronto). the film was a recipient of 8 Canadian Film Awards.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/20/2003
UPC: 0031398831228
Original Release: 1998
Rating: R
Source: Lions Gate
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 2:10:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen 16x9; English, Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Colm Feore Auctioneer
Monique Mercure Mme. Leroux

Technical Credits
François Girard Director,Screenwriter
Renee April Costumes/Costume Designer
Deirdre Bowen Casting
Jocelyn Caron Sound/Sound Designer
John Corigliano Score Composer
Jérôme Décarie Sound Editor
Alain Dostie Cinematographer
Niv Fichman Producer
Carole Gagnon Sound Editor
Gaetan Huot Editor
Daniel Iron Co-producer
David J. Webb Asst. Director
Jennifer Jonas Asst. Director
Claude La Haye Sound/Sound Designer
Don McKellar Screenwriter
Antoine Morin Sound Editor
Giannandrea Pecorelli Co-producer
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

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Red Violin [4:31]
2. Auction [5:08]
3. Private Conversation [4:34]
4. Maestro [5:41]
5. Prodigy [6:46]
6. Tutor [4:27]
7. Keeping Time [4:46]
8. Solace [4:09]
9. Auditions [4:04]
10. Early Departure [5:18]
11. Gypsy Player [4:55]
12. Fetid Corpse [7:34]
13. Afflicted [6:22]
14. Pope Foundation [5:17]
15. New Owner [6:45]
16. March [1:25]
17. Offering [3:48]
18. Second Opinion [6:04]
19. Reserves [5:53]
20. Organic Compound [4:57]
21. The Genesis [6:43]
22. Instrument of Deceit [4:24]
23. Very Special [4:22]
24. End Credits [7:12]

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The Red Violin 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An amazing piece of work. It is an intricate story presented in an incredibly realistic forum. Worth seeing over and over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was such a well-written movie. i recommend it to anyone and everyone. you can't go wrong with this piece of art.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie is good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Red Violin is not good
S-Grim More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
DeborahNY More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is one of the best movies ever. It is a true masterpeice
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!