The most shocking segment of the film is near the end where the film goes more in depth into the creation of the violin. Again, Jackson's character is there the whole time, but only in between flashbacks. Unless otherwise specified, the Website is for your personal and non-commercial use and for purely informational purposes. It's defended by a brave musician, who points out that Beethoven and Prokofiev were revolutionaries, but is saved only when a music lover risks her life. But give or take some scattered musical moments, the frame in which that message is couched is too kitschy to let that vision catch fire. This movie about the creator, owners and users of a strange red violin uses 7 languages and covers a period over 300 years.
It was one way to help differentiate instruments from different makers. In consideration for your use of this Website and the Services provided on it, you agree to provide true, current, complete and accurate information as requested on any registration form to which this Website may direct you, and to update that registration information as soon as possible after any information on such registration form changes. This is a story that is told in a way that would not be possible in any other form: not in a short story or a novel, not in television or a play. The violin disappeared for two hundred years — theories abound about what happened to it, but no one knows for sure until it turned up in Germany in the 1930s. On its own merits, the image of The Red Violin would get four stars; the three and a half stars I've given it here takes into consideration the subtitle problem. Not many films can encompass a British aristocrat who likes to play the violin while he is having sex and a Chinese woman who risks her life to protect a violin from the martinets of the Cultural Revolution. The powerful soundtrack controls the film and the subtle camera work is easy on the eye.
The violin is crafted in Cremona, Italy, in 1681--made by the craftsman Nicolo Bussotti for his unborn son. The story hook has been used before. This sequence develops tenderly, as the old couple grow to love the boy--who sleeps with his violin. One aspect of the film that I appreciated is that all the characters are presented as speaking in their own language: the Italian characters in Italian, the Chinese in Chinese, and so on with subtitles supplied, of course. Even though he has no bearing on most of the movie, it seems that his star essence steals the show. Such websites are governed by terms and conditions different from those applicable to this Website, and we encourage you to review the terms and privacy policies of those third parties before using their websites. Girard; director of photography, Alain Dostie; edited by Gaetan Huot; music composed by John Corigliano, with the London Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen and solo violin performed by Joshua Bell; production designer, Francois Seguin; produced by Niv Fichman; released by Lions Gate Films.
The dialogue is always clear, distinct, and natural-sounding, and along with environmental effects, shows a good use of spatial separation. The Red Violin shows what the film medium can do at its very best. The story of the violin is a series of stories involving the people who own it over a period of 300 years. When newly finished, it would have been a very light wood, close to white in color. I watched it for the third time for this review, and I was every bit as entranced by the story as on the first viewing, while also appreciating more deeply the sheer artistry of the film. She treasures the violin, but cannot keep it and so implores a local music teacher to take it into his hiding.
After the boy it goes to a group of gypsies, than to a composer, and then overseas to a Chinese pawn shop. The sound is completely clean and natural-sounding, even in the most demanding violin solo sections performed by Joshua Bell. Colors across the board are much better, more vibrant, natural-looking and richer; as one striking example, the Red Violin actually looks red as it's supposed to, rather than the reddish-brown of the earlier transfer. This is a perfect instrument, born from the passion of a master craftsman and the blood of his sacrifice. Several years later in 1965, Xian Pei finds herself involved in the Chinese Cultural Revolution.
Pope readily procures what he immediately perceives to be an exceptional violin. Scenes set in Shanghai during Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution, in which Western cultural artifacts are tossed into a bonfire, also come off as cartoonish distillations of history. Subsequently Pope kills himself and the violin gets taken to China by Pope´s former servant who sells it at the bond shop of a Shanghai merchant. If you want action, adventure, and witty dialogue, go watch SpiderMan. There are still parts of this original varnish in place, even after almost three hundred years so it would be easy to put it paid to the notion in the movie about blood being used to stain it. Whenever the music swells in this extravagant time-traveling costume drama tracing the 300-year life of a priceless hand-crafted violin, ''The Red Violin'' begins to assume the intense emotional colors of John Corigliano's ravishing score. By 1937 the violin belongs to a bourgeois Chinese family.
Because the full history of the violin is unknown, and, at the time, it was not known that Elizabeth Pitcairn, the current owner, had bought the violin. In the film's most moving segment, Communist Party official Xiang Pei Sylvia Chang is forced to hide her beloved old instrument. Furthermore, it begins with one master and ends with another, its savior. He is also perhaps the person best equipped to appreciate how rare and wonderful the instrument is--but, like many passionate connoisseurs, he lacks the wealth to match his tastes. As I noted in the main body of the review, all of the characters speak in their own languages, which adds tremendously to the ambiance of the film. That the knowledge and depth of responsibility started alarm bells. While it's possible to view this movie like a short-story collection, putting check marks beside the selections one likes best, to do so would deny the pleasure of experiencing this beautifully crafted, intricately designed story the way it was intended, as an organic whole.
The Red Violin is a little slow at times but is never really boring. Then there is another story, hinted at, slowly revealing itself, involving an expert evaluator of instruments. The violin passes from a pregnant woman, to a young child, to a grown man, and to a mother. As the bidding gets under way, the movie flashes back to late 17th-century Italy where we see the instrument being ''born'' in the workshop of Bussotti, a bullying master craftsman. They dote on a young prodigy named Kasper Christoph Koncz , who plays with purity of an angel. To give the story a final fillip of suspense, Charles Morritz Samuel L. Subsequently Pope kills himself and the violin gets taken to China by Pope´s former servant who sells it at the bond shop of a Shanghai merchant.