The Red Violin

"Excellent"

The Red Violin Review


A sprawling epic and a would-be masterpiece, The Red Violin is the story of an ill-fated violin, from the moment it is crafted in 1600s Italy to the day it is sold at auction in millennial Canada. The violin is passed through 1700s Vienna, to an Oxford virtuoso in the 1800s, and on to Mao's China for spell before landing in the lap of Samuel L. Jackson's instrument appraiser. Following the checkered past of such a fateful instrument makes you feel a bizarre sense of connection with it. But ultimately the movie rings a tad hollow -- with contrived plot points and an unbearable and unbelievable finale. But never mind that -- Violin is a grandiose production that should be seen and enjoyed.

Aka Le Violon Rouge.



The Red Violin

Facts and Figures

Run time: 130 mins

In Theaters: Friday 11th June 1999

Box Office Worldwide: $9.5M

Budget: $18M

Distributed by: Lions Gate

Production compaines: Rhombus Media, Channel Four Films

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 73%
Fresh: 30 Rotten: 11

IMDB: 7.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Producer:

Starring: as Nicolo Bussotti (Cremona), as Anna Bussotti (Cremona), as Cesca (Cremona), as Apprentice (Cremona), as Boy (Cremona), as Georges Poussin (Vienna), as Assistant (Cremona), as Kaspar Weiss (Vienna), as Antoinette Pussin (Vienna), Florentín Groll as Anton von Spielmann (Vienna), as Father Richter (Vienna), Rainer Egger as Brother Christophe (Vienna), Paul Koeker as Brother Gustav (Vienna), Wolfgang Böck as Brother Michael (Vienna), Josef Mairginter as Brother Franz (Vienna), Johan Gotsch as Funeral Monk (Vienna), Geza Hosszu-Legocky as Gypsy Violonist (Vienna), David Alberman as Gypsy Violonist (Vienna), Arthur Denberg as Prince Mansfeld (Vienna), Andrzej Matuszewiski as Gypsy Violonist (Vienna), as Frederick Pope (Oxford), as Victoria Byrd (Oxford), as Sara (Oxford), as Gypsy Father (Oxford), as Conductor (Oxford), Sai-Kit Yung as Manservant (Oxford) (as Stuart Ong), as Xiang Pei (Shanghai), Zifeng Liu as Chou Yuan (Shanghai) (as Zi Feng Liu), Tao Hong as Comrade Chan Gong (Shanghai), as Young Ming (Shanghai), Zheng Wei Tan as Guard (Shanghai) (as Zeng Wei Tan), Zhi Qing Zhou as Senior Policeman (Shanghai), Zhi Qiao as Elderly Woman (Shanghai), Kun Qi Cao as Deputy (Shanghai), Rei Yang as Young Xian Pei (Shanghai), Lidou as Pawnbroker (Shanghai), Samuel L. Jackson as Charles Morritz (Montréal), as Auctioneer (Montréal), as Mme. Leroux (Montréal), as Evan Williams (Montréal), as Mr. Ruselsky (Montréal), as Nicolas Olsberg (Montréal), Russell Yuen as Older Ming (Montréal), as Madame Ming (Montréal), Paula de Vasconcelos as Suzanne (Montréal), as Customs Agent (Montréal), Marie-Josée Gauthier as Hotel Concierge (Montréal), Dany Laferrière as Cabby (Montréal), as Secretary (Montréal), as Handler (Montréal), Gregory Hlady as Coat Attendant (Montréal), Herman Meckler as Registrar (Montréal), Sheena Macdonald as Ruselsky's Companion (Montréal), as Autograph Seeker (Montréal), James Bradford as Stagehand (Montréal), as Violinist (Oxford) (uncredited), Sylvia Stewart as Security Guard (uncredited), as Junior Policeman (Shanghai)

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