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Summertime  (Level: 108.9 - Posts: 1122)
Thu, 25th Sep '08 5:17 PM


"The Red Violin" was recommended to me a few years ago by a friend who saw it on a cable channel. I went to a video store to rent it and was unsuccessful in finding the film. The kids working the counter never heard of the film, and though the computer said it was in the inventory it was not in the "drama" section. I perservered and finally found it in the "foreign film" section! It was filmed on a $10 million budget in Montreal, China, Italy, Austria, and Oxford. After viewing the movie I decided it was a must have! "The Red Violin" has become my favorite film and I watch it once a month whether I think I should or not!

Here are the details...I've removed the spoiler!

The Red Violin (1998)
Alternate Title: Le Violon Rouge
Running Time: 150 Minutes
Status: Released
Country: United Kingdom, Canada, Austria
Genre: Drama, Romance, Music

Director: Francois Girard
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Greta Scacchi, Eva Marie Bryer, Jason Flemyng
Rating: R (Nudity/Sexual Situations)

Review Summary:
Francois Girard directed this drama tracing the history of a musical instrument through five countries and three centuries. In 1681 an Italian man makes a violin for his yet to be born first child ************************* 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.

The story line is riveting. If you have watched the movie let's chat! If you haven't, you simply must!

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sat, 27th Sep '08 12:29 PM

I'm going to rent this one this weekend and will post later. Thanks for the recommendation!

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sat, 27th Sep '08 12:37 PM

Okay, so I don't know how you want to work this, but instead of starting a new thread to talk about a different film, I'll just post another one here. (Let me know how you want this to work.)

"Greenfingers" was recommended to me by a friend who likes to find films off the beaten path. Even though it has actors in it I've heard of, I don't remember it being released. It came out in 2000.

Here's the Wiki entry on the film:
Clive Owen and other prisoners are given the opportunity to create a garden. I'm not going to give away any of the plot. I want you to enjoy watching it. Helen Mirren also stars. And, lets just say the goal they are working toward is a prestigious flower show. It was based upon a true story, and I felt was a heartwarming tale, although bittersweet.

The other actor in the film that I like is David Kelly, an older gentleman, who has appeared in many British films, including "Ballykissangel," "Waking Ned" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

Fudypatootie  (Level: 194.4 - Posts: 1302)
Sat, 27th Sep '08 10:35 PM

Reading your description of The Red Violin makes it sound very familiar, like maybe I heard about it when it was released. Sounds interesting, as does Greenfingers.

Here's one that may not be that well known, but has a stellar cast and is amazing. Paradise Road (1997) starring Glenn Close, Frances McDormand, Cate Blanchett, Julianna Margulies, and many more. "Fact-based recounting of a group of women who are imprisoned on the island of Sumatra by the Japanese during World War II and used music as a relief to their misery."

Scifidwarf  (Level: 138.0 - Posts: 249)
Sun, 28th Sep '08 8:27 AM

This sounds like a fun group. I love talking about movies. I have never seen any of these movies mentioned but will try to get my hands on them. A good movie that I think you should all see is called "The I Inside." It stars Robert Sean Leonard of House (excellent actor). It is very mysterious.

Okuome1  (Level: 33.0 - Posts: 89)
Mon, 29th Sep '08 3:11 PM

I just joined...I had never noticed the "groups" button before today.
I am a movie snob/buff.
I'm picky.
It will be great to find out and watch what you suggest and comment on in this forum.
Open my horizons.
I'll be back to read, comment and suggest soon.

Summertime  (Level: 108.9 - Posts: 1122)
Mon, 29th Sep '08 11:04 PM

Any feedback about The Red Violin? I did a cut and paste of the original message and started a post just for comments and dicussion!

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