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THE RED VIOLIN

(1998)
131 mins | History | Music, Media & Arts |
Provincial Ratings
NewfoundlandPG
Nova Scotia14
P.E.I.14
New Brunswick14
QuebecG
OntarioAA
ManitobaPG
SaskatchewanPG
Alberta14A
British ColumbiaPG
Northwest Territories14A
Nunavut14A
YukonPG

Director: François Girard

Writer(s): Don McKellar, François Girard

Star(s): Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Flemyng, Don McKellar, Sandra Oh, Colm Feore

Synopsis:

Girard and McKellar’s The Red Violin tells the tale of a very special instrument — a perfectly crafted 17th-century violin f inished with a mysterious red glaze. The f inal masterpiece of a virtuoso craftsman, the violin sits in a Montreal auction house waiting to be sold. As the auction proceeds, the violin’s history is revealed through four interconnected tales spanning 300 years. As it passes through the hands of musicians in Italy, Vienna, London and Shanghai, the violin f ills its owners’ lives with romance, adventure, intrigue and tragedy. At the centre of the story is the instrument’s dark secret, which is revealed only at the f ilm’s suspenseful f inale.

“In a time of timid projects and easy formulas, The Red Violin has the kind of sweep and vision that we identify with elegant features from decades ago.”
— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times


    About the Director

    François Girard

    Girard won a Grammy for his music video for Peter Gabriel’s Secret World Live. Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould  won four Genie Awards. The Red Violin won eight Genies and an Oscar for Best Original Score. His recent films include Boychoir, starring Dustin Hoffman, and Hochelaga.

    THE RED VIOLIN

    Lesson Plans Available for this title:
    • English - 9, 10, 11, 12
    • History - 10, 11, 12
    • Media - 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Music - 9, 10, 11, 12

    Screening Language Options:
    • English Language with French Subtitles
    • English Language with French Dubbing

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