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Summertime  (Level: 115.7 - Posts: 1123)
Mon, 29th Sep '08 10:54 PM


Original Forum Title - An Excellent Film

Summertime (Level: 21.9 - Posts: 240)Thu, 25th Sep '08 5:17 PM
"An Excellent Film"

"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! One may find the film a bit slow in the opening ten or fifteen minutes, so grit your teeth, bite a silver bullet, or better yet take a sip or two of wine!

Here is an overview as offered on a website...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!

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