The Red Violin (1998)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.5

Original title:  Le Violon Rouge

Canada/Italy/United Kingdom, 1998.  Rhombus Media, Mikado Film, New Line International, Channel Four Films, Canada Television and Cable Production Fund, Telefilm Canada – Equity Investment Program, CITY-TV, Bravo Arts Channel, Filmfonds Wien, Sony Classical, Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, Red Violin Productions Ltd., Sidecar Films & TV.  Screenplay by , Francois Girard.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Four stories of various eras and cultures surround the solitary figure of a violin steeped in its own turbulent history.  plays an art collector in modern day Montreal interested in discovering the true tale behind the violin’s fame, and in doing so helps deliver a contemplation on art and its relationship with commerce. Some of the violin’s stories really work (the woman for whom the violin was made, its adventure in the Chinese cultural revolution), some of them really don’t ( as a musician in love with ). At times it is inspired, at times it’s pretty boring, but it’s always gorgeous and the musical score is divine.

Academy Award:  Best Original Score

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Foreign Language Film

Toronto International Film Festival:  1998


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