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The Red Violin [Meridian Collection] [DVD] [1998]

Release Date:06/03/2008

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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (3 out of 3)

    Special Features

    • Audio commentary with co-writer/director François Girard and co-writer Don McKellar
    • "The Oscar - WInning Chaconne" featuring composer John Corigliano
    • "The Auction Block" depicting record-breaking violin auctions and the appeal of Stradivarius violins
    • Closed Captioned


    The Red Violin
    Francois Girard directed this drama tracing the history of a musical instrument through five countries and three centuries. In 1681, to keep the spirit of his wife alive, an Italian paints the violin with a red varnish made from her blood. It is later found in the Austrian Alps when a prodigy gives a performance in the court of Vienna in 1792. Taken by gypsies, the instrument is acquired by a Dionysian composer. After a journey by boat to China in 1966, it is hidden during the Cultural Revolution. In contemporary Canada, it is spotted at an auction house by a violin expert (Samuel L. Jackson) who becomes obsessed with it. Scripted by Girard and Don McKellar. Filmed on a $10 million budget in Montreal, China, Italy, Austria, and Oxford. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Samuel L. Jackson
      Samuel L. Jackson - Charles Morritz
    • Don McKellar
      Don McKellar - Evan Williams
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      Carlo Cecchi - Nicolo Bussotti
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      Irene Grazioli - Anna Bussotti
    • Jean-Luc Bideau
      Jean-Luc Bideau - Georges Poussin

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