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The Red Violin (1998)

Le violon rouge (original title)
A perfect red-colored violin inspires passion, making its way through three centuries over several owners and countries, eventually ending up at an auction where it may find a new owner.

Director:

François Girard
Won 1 Oscar. Another 19 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carlo Cecchi Carlo Cecchi ... Nicolo Bussotti (Cremona)
Irene Grazioli Irene Grazioli ... Anna Bussotti (Cremona)
Anita Laurenzi Anita Laurenzi ... Cesca (Cremona)
Tommaso Puntelli Tommaso Puntelli ... Apprentice (Cremona)
Aldo Brugnini Aldo Brugnini ... Assistant (Cremona)
Samuele Amighetti Samuele Amighetti ... Boy (Cremona)
Jean-Luc Bideau ... Georges Poussin (Vienna)
Christoph Koncz Christoph Koncz ... Kaspar Weiss (Vienna)
Clotilde Mollet Clotilde Mollet ... Antoinette Pussin (Vienna)
Rainer Egger Rainer Egger ... Brother Christophe (Vienna)
Wolfgang Böck ... Brother Michael (Vienna)
Florentín Groll Florentín Groll ... Anton von Spielmann (Vienna)
Johannes Silberschneider ... Father Richter (Vienna)
Arthur Denberg Arthur Denberg ... Prince Mansfeld (Vienna)
Paul Koeker Paul Koeker ... Brother Gustav (Vienna)
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Storyline

In present day Montreal, a famous Nicolo Bussotti violin, known as "the red violin," is being auctioned off. During the auction, we flash back to the creation of the violin in 17th century Italy, and follow the violin as it makes its way through an 18th century Austrian monastery, a violinist in 19th century Oxford, China during the Cultural Revolution, and back to Montreal, where a collector tries to establish the identity and the secrets of "the red violin." Written by Sean Gallagher <naes@cgocable.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Passion Is Timeless See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Canada | Italy | USA | UK | Austria

Language:

French | English | Mandarin | Italian | German

Release Date:

11 June 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Red Violin See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,415, 8 November 1998

Gross USA:

$10,019,109

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,019,109
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Joshua Bell, who was the solo violinist on the sound track, was also a violinist double. When non-musician actors needed to be shown playing the violin in close-up, Bell would hide behind the actor, and his left hand would be the hand seen by the camera on the neck of the violin. According to an interview with Bell on National Public Radio, he was scolded several times by Director François Girard for overacting. See more »

Goofs

During the Red Guard struggle meeting in Shanghai, the leader says "There's nothing as beautiful as our traditional music" and then they throw the violin away saying "Put this down with the other 'great olds'!" In fact, the opposite was true during the Cultural Revolution: traditional Chinese music (such as the hu chin) was made illegal as one of the four "Great Olds" while western classical music was considered "bourgeois". Both styles of music were purged during the Maoist era; only Socialist slogan songs were allowed. See more »

Quotes

Charles Morritz: What do you do when the thing you most wanted, so perfect, just comes?
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Connections

Referenced in Ancient Evil 2: Guardian of the Underworld (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

O Richard! O mon Roi!
from "Richard Coeur de Lion"
Composed by André-Modeste Grétry
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User Reviews

Absolutely amazing from start to finish
17 March 2001 | by LezPoolSharkSee all my reviews

I originally saw this movie for the sole purpose of seeing a movie about a violin. Being a violinist myself, I must say that the music in this film is what first attracted me. However, as I watched the story unfold before me, I realized that there is so much more to this film. The story is enchanting. It draws the audience into its powerful grip, keeping their attention from the very first second as the sordid life of the Red Violin is slowly revealed. There is immensely remarkable work displayed in this film, and the music is just as enchanting as the story. I think this is a true masterpiece, and should be seen by everyone at least once....


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