But his wife, Anna , dies in childbirth after hearing a series of prophecies from a village crone who reads the tarot deck. Jackson capped off a poor movie with a poor performance in the final segment of the film. I was overwhelmed, enriched as well as happy that I finally, in years, got to see something that's well worth while. I was so swept up in the majesty and spectacle of this film that it didn't even occur to me until much later that the violin is nothing less than a personification of beauty itself okay, okay, maybe I'm starting to overly deconstruct things here in retrospect, but the parallels are too perfect to remain unexplored. We see this as the story unfolds and is creatively told through the reading of the violin makers wife's fortune with a deck of Tarot cards. As a result, they produced the film with. It's worth so much more than that.
Performances were good to great all around. I was estatic to see J. Jackson as a learned expert in ancient instruments was not convincing for me personally. From the story, costumes, cinematography, acting and finally its greatest actor -the superb music- all absolutely flawless! Cast Cast overview, first billed only:. In the meantime, Nicolò has fashioned a new violin. To say his character was eccentric and maybe a little over the top is justifiable but I'm sure that was intended.
Feel the strings of life against your fingers; the bow of spirit in your palm. Girard and McKellar proposed their story and project to various companies, but were unwilling to give up creative control, or to limit the number of languages spoken in the film, as U. We start with a rather simple but cleverly structured story about a very unique red violin that emblematically and quite literally for that matter takes on the heart and fate of a 16th century Italian woman as it passes across several centuries and continents on its way to the auction block in present day Montreal. I was moved and fascinated by this film. And lastly let me bestow my gratitude and thanks to the very director F. We arrived to a very thin theater in one of those mega-complex theaters, and while everyone was queuing up next-door to see the latest blockbuster from Hollywood I settled into an amazingly comfortable seat with an excellent view and prepared for whatever might come.
So the violin is born. You may not leave thinking it's spectacular, but ya gotta respect it. I don't think a great cast necessarily means famous names, lengthy reputations, or even a lot of acting experience - but one that simply works well. Moritz and what will ultimately happen when beauty is placed into the hands of our modern world. He is the person who proves that this is indeed Bussotti's famous red violin and solves the mystery of its color.
Still, an engaging, musically rich tapestry of great scenes, great music, and a brimming story. But this is the only film I can recall about a piece of art, and the remarkable journey it takes, with many people through distant lands, over hundreds of years. This film touched me in a way very few ever have. You obviously can't dissect it, as co-writer Don McKellar¹s onscreen character thought to do, and so it remains as it was in it's original form: timeless, magical, elusive. In , Bob Graham accepted the film's ambition and judged to be cool in the role, in a very different way than in 1994.
The fact that the movie is based on the violin rather than the people which isn't a new idea is what makes this film great because it shows that objects in our lives have stories all their own. Five cards are chosen by the pregnant wife of the master violin maker. Morritz arrives in Montreal as an for the violins sent by the Chinese government. It also happens to have an inanimate object a violin as one of the stars of the show. Recommended by a good friend I went to see this piece and frankly, I came out of the theater speechless! The violin ends up in the hands of Frederick's Chinese servant, who returns to and sells it to an antiques dealer, who repairs the damage. I felt like I was fully transported in both space and time to these places and walking among people who really belonged there.
The co-production also allowed for shooting in Canada, China and around Europe, including the cities of , and. I especially loved the amazing period recreations of China and Austria. Victoria, a writer, announces to Frederick that she needs to travel to to research a novel she is working on. With all of it fitting nicely into 2 hours of great cinema, drawn from a most exceptional story. The stuff that pompous nobility and rich collectors the world over will offer a king's ransom for and still never manage to posses in the end. Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago and Lancaster: Guernica Editions. The English Patient, The Truman Show, etc.
The Red Violin 1998 A total romantic fiction, rather compelling in its construction over many centuries, and beautifully wrought in each era. It's fascinating to watch both the transformative and destructive power of this beauty as it's placed into the hands of a sensitive young boy, a self absorbed musical protege, and a remorseful ring leader of a totalitarian regime. But it's a hair long at times, and by the last modern scenes, a bit cold and unfulfilling. When Victoria does not receive his letters for a full week, she resolves to return immediately. The instrument is sold to a young woman with her daughter during the 1930s.