The Red Violin (Le Violon Rouge)

BBB.5

(out of 5)


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.


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

Canada/Italy/United Kingdom, 1998

Directed by

Screenplay by , Francois Girard

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1999

Golden Globe Awards 1999

Toronto International Film Festival 1998

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