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The Red Violin (10-Sep-1998)

Original Title: Le violon rouge

Director: François Girard

Writers: Don McKellar; François Girard

Music Composed by: John Corigliano

Producer: Niv Fichman

Keywords: Drama

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Colm Feore
22-Aug-1958   Trudeau
Jason Flemyng
25-Sep-1966   The Quatermass Experiment
Samuel L. Jackson
21-Dec-1948   Pulp Fiction
Don McKellar
17-Aug-1963   Last Night
Sandra Oh
20-Jul-1971   Grey's Anatomy
Julian Richings
8-Sep-1955   Todd and the Book of Pure Evil
Greta Scacchi
18-Feb-1960   The Player


Carlo Cecchi   ...   Nicolo Bussotti
Irene Grazioli   ...   Anna Bussotti
Anita Laurenzi   ...   Cesca
Tommaso Puntelli   ...   Apprentice
Samuele Amighetti   ...   Boy
Jean-Luc Bideau   ...   Georges Poussin
Christoph Koncz   ...   Kaspar Weiss
Clotilde Mollet   ...   Antoinette Pussin
Rainer Egger   ...   Brother Christophe
Wolfgang Böck   ...   Brother Michael
Florentín Groll   ...   Anton Von Spielmann
Johannes Silberschneider   ...   Fr. Richter
Arthur Denberg   ...   Prince Mansfeld
Paul Koeker   ...   Brother Gustav
Josef Mairginter   ...   Brother Franz
Johan Gotsch   ...   Funeral Monk
Geza Hosszu-Legocky   ...   Gypsy Violonist
David Alberman   ...   Gypsy Violonist
Andrzej Matuszewiski   ...   Gypsy Violonist
Jason Flemyng   ...   Frederick Pope
Greta Scacchi   ...   Victoria
Eva Marie Bryer   ...   Sara
Dimitri Andreas   ...   Gypsy Father
David Gant   ...   Conductor
Stuart Ong   ...   Manservant
Sylvia Chang   ...   Xiang Pei
Lui Zi Feng   ...   Chou Yuan
Tao Hong   ...   Comrade Chan Gong
Cao Kun Qi   ...   Deputy
Han Xio Fei   ...   Young Ming
Tan Zheng Wei   ...   Guard
Zhou Zhi Qing   ...   Senior Policeman
Wang Xiaoshuai   ...   Junior Policeman
Qiao Zhi   ...   Elderly Woman
Tang Ren   ...   Young Xiang Pei
Lidou   ...   Pawnbroker
Zhang Kai   ...   Rally Speaker
Samuel L. Jackson   ...   Charles Morritz
Colm Feore   ...   Auctioneer
Monique Mercure   ...   Mme. Leroux
Don McKellar   ...   Evan Williams
Ireneusz Bogajewicz   ...   Mr. Ruselsky
Julian Richings   ...   Nicolas Olsberg
Russell Yuen   ...   Older Ming
Sandra Oh   ...   Mme. Ming
Paula de Vasconcelos   ...   Suzanne
Rémy Girard   ...   Customs Agent
Marie-Josée Gauthier   ...   Hotel Concierge
Dany Laferrière   ...   Cabby
Dorothée Berryman   ...   Secretary
David La Haye   ...   Handler
Gregory Hlady   ...   Coat Attendant
Herman Meckler   ...   Registrar
Sheena Macdonald   ...   Ruselsky's Companion
Jody Shapiro   ...   Autograph Seeker
James Bradford   ...   Stagehand


Review by doczzz (posted on 2-Apr-2005)

Shot in 4 different languages (including English) by French director Francois Girard, The Red Violin defies categorization as a foreign film. In fact, many critics have asserted that this independently produced film defies categorization entirely. Possibly one of the most well done movies in the last decade.

Done in similar style to Claude Lelouch's Les Uns et Les Autres and Max Ophul's La Ronde, but far better. The movie follows the creation and ensuing history of a legendary violin created during the Italian Renaissance. In 4 seemingly unconnected vignettes, the violin influences the life and loves of it's pivotal characters in different countries around the world. The vignettes range from the darkly comedic to the pathos of doomed romance and political revolution. The film climaxes as all the stories are drawn together into a final 5th vignette that rivals any modern Hollywood blockbuster.

Take a chance on this one. This film is NOT for the intellectually faint of heart, yet it doesn't require a comprehensive knowledge of world history to be enjoyed. Because of the film's scope, some critics have called the vignettes "thin" or "disconnected." In its defense, I don't know how these criticisms could be answered without turning the movie into a miniseries, which would have made it unwatchable.

This is one of the few movies that pulls off being an unlikely mixture of a "chick flick", a fast-paced dramatic thriller, and a morality fable- but without being ridiculous or overreaching. At the very least, it will get you and your date talking.

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