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Red Violin [Import]

4.4 out of 5 stars 153 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Carlo Cecchi, Jean-Luc Bideau, Christoph Koncz, Jason Flemyng, Greta Scacchi
  • Directors: François Girard
  • Writers: François Girard, Don McKellar
  • Producers: Barbara Shrier, Daniel Iron, Giannandrea Pecorelli, Niv Fichman
  • Format: AC-3, DTS Surround Sound, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • Release Date: Dec 14 1999
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 153 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000031WD7
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The Red Violin

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Mounted in high lavish style, from the opening strains to coda, The Red Violin pays homage to the careful uses of color and composition without bothering to support these qualities with any real substance. Oh, it's a class act on the surface all the way, while failing on nearly every other level to convince. The story tells the story, revealing precious little else. The 17th-century Cremonese instrument-maker Niccolo Bussotti finishes his final violin with a curious red varnish, the secret of which spans the film, yet will come as a surprise only to the very sleepy. The odd voyage of this unique violin through history is then explored from one episode to the next, from child prodigy to gypsies to Victorian virtuoso to a clandestine enclave of art lovers in Shanghai during the Cultural Revolution. This is all framed by the violin's rediscovery in present day by instrument appraiser Charles Morritz (Samuel L. Jackson), for whom the perfect instrument strikes a resonant chord. The main scheme of the film, an object connecting a number of seemingly disparate stories, has been used many times, most notably in Max Ophuls's La Ronde. But while this approach is employed elsewhere to cause one scene to reverberate against another, The Red Violin is content to leave each episode thematically unconnected with any of the others. On the decorative level, the film may satisfy many viewers with its sensuous attention to tone and detail, as well as its eclectic and expertly performed score. But as narrative it is very slight. Just pierce the pretty crust of this puff pastry and gaze in wonder at the pocket of air within. --Jim Gay

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This adult movie was a work of art. My husband and I had intended to watch part of it one night and part of it on another night. Guess what? We were so engaged by it that we watched it to the very end on the first night. My husband said it reminded him of The Russian Ark. I suspect it was its artistry that caused him to say that. Though I recognized the art within it, I was not nearly as fond of the other movie. One warning: There is a mystery involved, so don't read a summary of the story before watching it. I guessed the solution part way through and was proud of myself, but I did not guess exactly how the story would end.
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Amazing movie! A must watch for history fans, as well as those who love music! Following the "Red Violin" through its various owners was a great concept, and this understated movie is a must have for all movie collections!
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Yes, the picture and sound are better than the DVD, but neither are as good as they might have been. This is a typical Alliance Blu-ray which is not a compliment. The DVD had full English subtitles throughout and there was no reason to miss these off on this disc. The music sounds fine but the dialogue is nothing special and it would have been a great help, especially to the millions who are hearing impaired, to have had the subtitles, especially as they are listed on the subtitle menu, which then helpfully informs you they cannot be accessed as part of the disc design! English comprises about a third of the dialoge and has no subtitles. The other languages are well subtitled in English. There is a French dub for all languages without subtitles. Like most of the Alliance Canada Blu-rays this is bare bones. Hopefully a better release will appear somewhere else eventually. If you are not troubled by the subtitling and limited language options then this a better disc than the DVD but with just a little more care it could have been a lot better
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"Cinque carte" -- five tarot cards servant Cesca (Anita Laurenzi) makes her mistress Anna Busotti (Irene Grazioli) draw in 17th century Cremona when Anna, wife of the legendary violin maker Niccolò Busotti (Carlo Cecchi), asks her servant to tell her and her unborn child's future. And those five cards, along with an auction in 20th century Montreal, provide the framework for the tale that is about to unfold: The Moon -- a long life, full and rich, and a long voyage. But there is a curse over her, Cesca tells her mistress as she turns the second card; there is danger to all who are under her thrall, and there will be many ... indeed, the Hanged Man is a powerful card! Then there will be a time of lust and energy, her Lazarus soul will travel across mountains, oceans and time, and she will meet a handsome and intelligent man who will seduce her with his talents "and worse" -- in short, the Devil. The fourth card Anna has drawn is Justice: There will be a big trial before a powerful magistrate, Cesca tells her; she will be found guilty ... "beware the heat of the fire!" And indeed, the last card that Anna turns, much to her alarm, is Death -- but the card is upside down and Cesca tells her not to worry because at this point this might be good news: She will be carried by the air and furious wind, but then her voyage will come to an end, "one way or another." There is "trouble" in this, Cesca says, "but you are strong now, like a tree in a forest." She will also not be alone; the servant sees a crowd of faces ... friends, family, enemies, lovers and a lot of admirers fighting to win her hand (lots of money, too) -- and ultimately, a rebirth.Read more ›
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Having once been genuinely passionate about the violin myself, I figured that, at the very least, Francois Girard's THE RED VIOLIN would at least be entertaining. But, finally having seen it all the way through recently, I didn't expect it to be fascinating and even tear-inducing---Joshua Bell's violin solos and John Corigliano's music (which won a well-deserved Oscar) are almost beautiful beyond words.
It is true that, on a whole, some parts of the film work better than others. This is basically an anthology of stories with the Red Violin being the connecting thread---barely---and while three of the stories are fascinating and even enlightening and moving (the Cremona, Vienna, and Montreal sequences), the two others (the Oxford and Shanghai sequences) are either unintentionally funny (the former) or simply slight and kinda pointless (the latter). And yet the dud sequences are hardly enough to counteract the great things in the movie: not only its technical flash and beautiful music, but its resonant theme about how we all, at one point or another, yearn for perfection and can't let it slip away so easily when we find it. Certainly instrument evaluator Charles Morritz (Samuel L. Jackson, in a restrained but powerful performance) cannot let his vision of perfection, which the Red Violin embodies, escape him.
If nothing else, THE RED VIOLIN will perhaps enlighten non-music lovers about why we love the violin, and even music, so much. And that is enough for this uneven but overall wonderful film to be worth seeing by everyone.
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