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      The Red Violin

      R Released Jun 11, 1999 2 hr. 11 min. Drama List
      74% 42 Reviews Tomatometer 91% 25,000+ Ratings Audience Score The intricate history of a beautiful antique violin is traced from its creation in Cremona, Italy, in 1681, where a legendary violin maker (Carlo Cecchi) paints it with his dead wife's blood to keep her memory alive, to an auction house in modern-day Montreal, where it draws the eye of an expert appraiser (Samuel L. Jackson). Over the years between, the violin travels through four different countries, where it has a profound impact on all those who own it. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Jan 04 Buy Now

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      A symphony of storytelling whose lulls lead to satisfying crescendos, The Red Violin weaves a centuries-long saga with the journey of a single instrument.

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      Julian M 💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩 Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 09/27/23 Full Review Glenda R My son and I don't always agree on movies. His genre is often to dark for my tastes. But his enthusiasm over this movie won me over. He and I couldn't stop talking about it! What a beautiful and mysterious ride throughout history. How could it be almost 25 years old and no one we know has seen or heard of it. We are avid movie buffs, but somehow we missed this treasure. Now we both consider it to be one of our favorite movies of all time! You must see it to appreciate it. You might even want to see it twice to really appreciate it. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/16/23 Full Review Benjamin G As one professional reviewer stated, "This is filmmaking of the highest order" and I would have to agree. Each piece of art in this world has its own story that many of us will likely never know, some mundane while others full of wonder and mystery. This film does a remarkable job portraying the so-called "red violin" story that travels far and wide both in distance and time. It reveals the power of music/art's ability to connect us through culture and history. The auction serves as a focal point that helps emphasize shared appreciation across the world over relics and antiques that we hold onto dearly for value, admiration, appreciation, status, to name a few nouns. I'm personally not usually a fan of flashbacks but enjoyed how the movie weaves the story back and forth between the auction and the violin's history, allowing itself to capture various aspects of humanity from rich to poor, religious to secular, East to West, and manages to do so without an ounce of snobbery or foolishness. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 07/28/23 Full Review dave s The Red Violin follows the trail of a rare instrument from its creation in 17th century Italy to its sale at an auction in Montreal in the present day. Along the way, it passes through the hands of lovers, prodigies, artists, and revolutionaries, inspiring all those who touch it. From beginning to end, the story is riveting, helped along by an Oscar-winning score, beautiful cinematography and set design, and strong performances from an impressive cast, including the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, Greta Scacchi, and Sandra Oh, among others. The Red Violin, as it whisks the viewer around the world and through time, never fails to entertain. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review isla s I enjoyed this in terms of being a part period drama, with a mystery element. I liked seeing how the lives of the various owners of said violin changed in time, what happened and so on. I did find it a little confusing/frustrating due to the fact it kept changing from one timeline to another, from, say, hundreds of years ago and suddenly back to the modern day (or as it was when the film was released, in the late 1990s). However, my favourite aspect to this film was the actual violin recitals played throughout - I'm not a big lover of classical music but the music was/is very good. This is an intriguing part character drama, with numerous characters depicted and also a mystery film, with some great instrumentals present. I would definitely recommend this film, yes. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member The underrated director that gave us the unfairly maligned 'Silk' in 2007, churns out a tender and character-driven epic that really flew under the radar upon release, unfortunately. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly Rated: B Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Globe and Mail Rated: 2.5/4 Mar 19, 2002 Full Review Bob Graham San Francisco Chronicle Rated: 3/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review David Keyes Cinemaphile.org Like the immaculate instrument it follows, "The Red Violin" is a piece of filmmaking fully refined by the hands of someone who believed in the material, and the effect it leaves us with is one of transcendence. Rated: 3.5/4 Aug 15, 2013 Full Review Jim Lane Sacramento News & Review Rated: 4/5 Aug 7, 2008 Full Review Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid A surprisingly exciting and delicate epic. Rated: 3.5/4 May 26, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis The intricate history of a beautiful antique violin is traced from its creation in Cremona, Italy, in 1681, where a legendary violin maker (Carlo Cecchi) paints it with his dead wife's blood to keep her memory alive, to an auction house in modern-day Montreal, where it draws the eye of an expert appraiser (Samuel L. Jackson). Over the years between, the violin travels through four different countries, where it has a profound impact on all those who own it.
      Director
      François Girard
      Screenwriter
      Don McKellar, François Girard
      Production Co
      Mikado Films
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jun 11, 1999, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 19, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $9.5M
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Dolby Digital
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